May 29, 2017

A Crazy Epic Whale Day on M/V Kestrel

Something magical happens when two very different worlds collide and are able to coexist with each other in harmony, even if just for an hour. The human world aboard M/V Kestrel had a chance to link up with the mesmerizing orca world of the Transient killer whales today off of Green Point on...Read more

May 27, 2017

The Lone Ranger - Lone Male Orca

Sea Lion had some grand adventures today! But, don't we always? Today was unique in that we saw two very different, solitary whales. One lone humpback, which is not an unsual sight, was seen cruising through the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Hein Bank. Humpbacks are typically solitary creatures; they...Read more

May 16, 2017

Natties and T's both come in Threes

You know it's going to be a good day on the water when you have three naturalists, but it's an even BETTER day when you also have three TRANSIENTS! Naturalists Sarah, Sarah 2, and Rachel set out on the water today with the wonderful Captain Pete in pursuit of the best wildlife that the Salish Sea...Read more

April 20, 2017

Killer Whales Under Our Boat

That’s just how the cookie crumbles . When my granny bequeathed to me this idiom, I understood that sometimes you’re unlucky, and sometimes you win big. Whereas yesterday’s guests rode wild seas and saw zero whales, today’s guests experienced placid waters and a once-in-a-lifetime whale sighting...Read more
Mt. Baker with breaching orca whale

April 20, 2017

Sunny day with orca whales near Orcas Island

Today on M/V Sea lion we left the dock with no whale reports and rain in the forecast. This is not an uncommon start for our pre-season tours; however, today our expectations were exceeded as the day continued. We left Friday Harbor with plans to go to the Canadian Gulf Islands in hopes of finding...Read more
Transient killer whales near Turn Island

March 26, 2017

Transient Killer Whales Near San Juan Island

Yesterday the M/V Sea Lion had an amazing encounter with three family of Bigg’s killer whales, also known as transient killer whales, traveling in San Juan Channel. It was such a treat to have such active whales so close to the harbor, and definitely not an everyday occurrence! Captain Mike, Emily...Read more

September 29, 2016

Transient Orcas in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Today we had the rare opportunity to view four different family groups of transient killer whales. When we pulled away from the dock, reports of killer whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca brought us south of San Juan Island. On our way down, we encountered all sorts of wildlife, including Steller...Read more