Transient killer whales continue to be the stars of the Salish Sea

June 23, 2017

Time for Transients!

[6/23/17- M/V Sea Lion- 1:30PM] The sun has returned to the San Juan Islands! Not a cloud in the sky was spotted as M/V Sea Lion departed Friday Harbor. The start of summer has been in full swing, and this was a beautiful taste of what is to come for the upcoming months. We bobbed and weaved...Read more
A Southern resident killer whale swims in the Salish Sea

June 17, 2017

Woohoo! L Pod Returns to the San Juan Islands!

[6/17/17- M/V Kestrel- 2:00PM] It was a day to remember out on the Salish Sea! We departed Friday Harbor from San Juan Island on M/V Kestrel, a high-adventure zodiac-style boat. And holy smokes, within 15 minutes we were already upon some transient killer whales! Snuggled between San Juan Island...Read more
San Juan Sunset

June 14, 2017

Transient Killer Whales Abound! T065As in the Strait of Georgia

[06/13/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 01:30pm & 05:30pm] Today we had another wonderful day on the water with multiple whale reports and sunny skies. We had the pleasure of hosting two wonderful groups of guests on our afternoon and evening trips. On our afternoon trip we headed north through San Juan...Read more

June 12, 2017

Simply Another Magical Day in the Salish Sea

[06/12/17 ~ 1:00 Kestrel] Even on my second season here at San Juan Safaris, there are still days where I'm simply in awe of the area that I'm surrounded by. The churning waters of the Salish Sea, punctuated by evergreen-capped islands, both hosting a unique and charactaristic array of wildlife...Read more

June 10, 2017

A Whale-Packed Day in the San Juans

[06/10/2017 ~ M/V Sea Lion 1200 Departure] One of the biggest challenges of whale watching is in the name itself: you're watching WHALES. Wild animals, who can travel 100 miles per day easy, who spend the majority of their lives underwater where we can't see them. Untrained, unpredictable, wild...Read more

June 8, 2017

Happy World Oceans Day! We Celebrated with Orcas and Humpbacks

Lauren Fritz, San Juan Safaris, M/V Sea Lion, 6/8/17, 1pm Tour Did you know today is World Oceans Day? What better way to celebrate than a whale and wildlife tour with San Juan Safaris! M/V Sea Lion was off the dock today at 1 pm and facing some wet and sloshy weather. Luckily, we're well-equipped...Read more
Male killer whale surfacing

May 31, 2017

Weekend visit from the T101 family group of Orcas

[Sunday, May 28, 2017 -- M/V Sea Lion -- 12:00pm and 5:30pm tours] On Sunday we had an incredible demonstration of the strength and power of killer whales. We often throw out the stat that killer whales can travel over 100 miles a day, and we saw that fist hand from one of my very favorite families...Read more