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

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
Transient Orcas in Strait of Juan de Fuca

July 25, 2016

Hot Pursuit: Transient Orcas (T65As) chase Minke Whale!

Sometimes when we watch these super intelligent and social creatures we forget that they are predators as well. Orcas exist at the very top of the food chain, even larger sharks steer clear of them due to their ability to outthink and out maneuver even Great White Sharks. Even the majority of...Read more

June 23, 2016

The Family That Preys Together: Transient Orcas near Mandarte Island

This Wednesday we had started out north with a super group of people. Captain Pete, Hannah, and I started out by looking for Transient Orcas that had been spotted near Mandarte Island just across the border into Canada. We followed them over the border for a little two nation tour. We watched this...Read more
Transient Orcas in Strait of Juan de Fuca

May 23, 2016

T for Two: Two Male Transient Killer Whales cruise in the Strait

It’s still not summer. Despite the past unseasonably warm weather, El Niño, and new predictions for this to be a La Niña year, late may has brought some grey weather and some sporadic showers, but great whales! Captain Mike, Alex, Sarah, and I headed south to head to the eastern end of the Strait...Read more

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