September 27, 2021

9 Biggs Killer Whales Amidst Ocean Swells and Rainbows

Abby | M/V Kestrel | 2pm | 9/27/2021 Captain Gabe and I haven’t been on Kestrel together for a long time, and for that reason we knew it was going to be a great day. We left the dock with the only sighting report of the day, which was a long shot… but we were determined to make it work. We zipped...Read more

September 18, 2021

11 Biggs Killer Whales From Four Matrilines

September 18 th , 2021 Abby | M/V Kestrel | 2pm | 9/18/2021 Captain Solan and I zoomed south in San Juan Channel, cumulonimbus clouds rising steadily in front of Mount Baker. We headed over to Goose Island where double-crested cormorants stood atop their haystack-style nests and glaucous gulls...Read more
Transient Orcas traveling near Lopez Island

September 16, 2021

Call Your Grandma!

Haleigh | M/V Sea Lion | September 16, 2021 | 2:00 pm Family ties are incredibly important for many animals. Staying connected with your relatives is a way for information and culture to be passed down. For killer whales, older relatives act as a necessary resource for learning how to be an orca in...Read more
Baby Bigg's Killer Whale

September 15, 2021

Welcoming New Baby in Bigg’s Killer Whale Family, T99's

Haleigh | M/V Kestrel | September 15, 2021 | 2:00 pm Today’s adventure tour was a blast! We left Friday Harbor headed southbound through the San Juan Channel. We stopped to hear the sounds of Pelagic Cormorants and California Gulls nesting on Goose Island and then followed the smells of Steller’s...Read more

September 9, 2021

The T018 Biggs Killer Whale Matriline in Rosario Strait

Abby | M/V Kestrel | 2pm | 9/9/2021 Captain Solan and I slipped out of the harbor, deliberately cruising south through San Juan Channel to spot many different species, including: Steller Sea Lions Harbor Seals Double-Crested Cormorants Pelagic Cormorants Glaucous-Winged Gulls Marbled Murrelets...Read more

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