August 3, 2017

Hazy Days in the San Juans Won't Keep These Transients Away!

[Lauren Fritz, M/V Kittiwake, 07/03/17, 1:30 pm Charter Tour] M/V Kittiwake had a private charter today, and Captain Gabe and I were stoked to hear that a pod of Transient killer whales were headed to the west side of San Juan Island. We had a wonderful family on board, and after briefing them on...Read more
Transient orcas swim near Victoria, BC

August 2, 2017

Transient Orcas- The Light in the Dark

[8/2/17- M/V Kestrel- Kelsey, Naturalist- 10:00AM & 2:00PM] Today presented a blanket of fog in the surrounding waters of San Juan Island, and smoke from wildfires burning up north in Canada was also thrown into the mix of fog. This meant that today’s visibility was less than clear or sunny,...Read more

July 31, 2017

Orca Family Reunion Observed in the San Juans

[7/31/17 2pm Kestrel] Today's whale watch on the M/V Kestrel took us all the way out to Anacortes, where a group of killer whales had been reported before we left the dock. We pushed off the dock and motored out of Friday Harbor with 75 degree weather and clear, sunny skies. Our route took us...Read more
A transient killer whale and her calf surface in the San Juan Islands

July 24, 2017

Water Taxi Sees Transient Orcas in San Juan Islands

[7/24/17- M/V Kittiwake- Kelsey, Naturalist- 11:30AM] Today, we had a water taxi from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island to Orcas Island. What is so great about these is that the trips can be tailored to guests’ likings! For example, today we had whale reports in the area, so we made time to visit...Read more
Transient orcas swim alongside Orcas Island

July 11, 2017

Transient Orcas Visit San Juan Channel Near Friday Harbor

[7/11/17- M/V Sea Lion- 1:30PM] Ohhhh what a day to be out on a whale watch! The reports were already great as we left Friday Harbor, but we almost didn’t even need them- whales were seen passing by Friday Harbor just as our trip was ready to depart! After only about 15 or 20 minutes, we were on...Read more
Two transient killer whales spotted near San Juan Island

July 4, 2017

Transient Killer Whales Light Up the Fourth of July

[7/4/17- M/V Kestrel- 2:00PM] Happy Fourth of July, folks! The day started with a huge parade going down the main street of Friday Harbor, and then afterwards, a whale watch! It was a scorcher today as M/V Kestrel darted out of the busy harbor in search of killer whales. Just to the north end of...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