Orcas Swim in Fog

September 13, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Emerge in the Fog

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | September 13th, 2020 | 14:00 With wildfires burning in California, Oregon, and Washington, the San Juan Islands were cradled in a thick layer of smoke. In addition to that, a thick fog settled in, making visibility extend only about 100 yards and eventually 250 to 300 yards...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near San Juan Island

September 8, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whale Family Hangs at Hein Bank

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | September 8th, 2020 | 13:00 Leaving the dock today, we did not let the smoke tear down our spirits as we headed south through San Juan Channel. Reaching Cattle Pass, we heard rumors of Bigg’s Killer Whales southwest of Hein Bank and decided to aim there with our best chances...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in Haro Strait

September 7, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim into Haro Strait

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | September 7th, 2020 | 13:00 We left the dock today with no reports of whales in the area, a normal start with boats all leaving within the same hour out searching throughout the Salish Sea. Heading north towards boundary pass, we caught word through the Pacific Whale Watch...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales Off Spieden Island

September 6, 2020

A Raw Moment with Bigg's Killer Whales near San Juan Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | Septemeber 6th, 2020 | 13:00 The best thing about viewing wildlife is the pure fact that they are WILD! Every behavior is based on their timeline and comprised of raw moments they would be partaking in with or without us in the vicinity. That means, some days we travel...Read more
Killer Whale Breaches in Salish Sea

August 30, 2020

Surprise Killer Whales Leap in the Rainfall

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | August 30th, 2020 | 14:00 It was the iconic Pacific Northwest weather today, going into the trip with sunshine and warmth, and ending the trip in rain and clouds. However, we do not let the shift in weather get us down just like it does not get down the whales- our trip...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in San Juan Channel

August 28, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Hunting Marine Mammals in San Juan Channel

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 28th, 2020 | 13:30 It was a flawless day out on the water this afternoon. Captain Pete and I were lucky enough to inform our passengers that we were leaving the dock with a rumored whale report in the area, which already made it a special day. What was even better?...Read more
P/C. Sarah McCullagh

August 25, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Visit San Juan Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 25th, 2020 | 13:30 We started the day with a report of Transient Orca as we left the dock. This immediately shot Captain Sarah and I into excitement, since every day we leave port having to find whatever whales might be swimming in our waters. Without whales being...Read more
San Juan Island Orca Sunset

August 21, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Enjoy A San Juan Island Sunset

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 21st, 2020 | 17:30 Leaving the dock, we were intensely paying attention to our radios, repeaters, and apps on the whereabouts of the Transient Orca we saw previously on the 13:00 trip. Since the whales can travel over a hundred miles in a day, we don’t ever expect...Read more

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