June 18, 2015

Orca in the Mist

This evening Captain Pete and I left the dock on the ol' Sea Lion in classic Pacific Northwest misty weather with a boat full of good natured passengers and reports of a male Killer Whale traveling on his own in Canadian waters. After meeting everyone, we took off in search of wildlife. Right off...Read more

June 14, 2015

Residents and Transients

Today we left Friday Harbor with reports of residents orcas near East Point. As we traveled towards the reports of resident orcas we received a separate report of transient orcas near by. We first went to see the transient orcas which were specifically the T124A's consisting of T124A, an adult...Read more

June 13, 2015

Transients, Birds, Humpback and Seals

Today Captain Mike, Brendan and I spent a bright and warm day out on the water. We left the dock with no reports of orcas, but some Transients were reported just as we pulled out of Friday Harbor. There are two ecotypes of killer whales that swim in the waters of the Salish Sea: Residents and...Read more

June 4, 2015

East side transients, West side residents

We boarded the Sea Lion today with no orca reports and prepared ourselves to go in search of other wildlife in the area. Just as we were about to depart from the dock, Captain Pete was informed that there were some transient orcas just outside the harbor! So, we made our way out to San Juan Channel...Read more

June 2, 2015

Excited Transients in Boundary Pass!

What a trip! Today the Sea Lion left the dock crewed by Captain Mike and Naturalists Mike and Alex. Despite a few clouds, our full boat of passengers was super excited to see some wildlife! Fortunately for everyone on board, a group of Transient Orcas was spotted up north in Canadian waters. Eager...Read more

May 24, 2015

San Juan T Party!

Much like the infamous night in Boston Harbor, the waters around San Juan Island were full of Ts.... transient orcas that is! Also known as Bigg's killer whales these impressive creatures eat other marine mammals, with harbor seals making up 60% of their diet. This afternoon and evening we were...Read more

May 13, 2015

Transients and Humpbacks Across the Border

Leaving Friday Harbor with reports of both Transient Killer Whales and Humpback Whales is always a great way to start a trip. Captain Brian took us North on the Sea Lion and we sped through Speiden Channel aimed for Moresby Island and the rest of the Gulf Islands of Canada. Many people don't...Read more

May 12, 2015

Transient Brotherly Love and Puffin Power

Any day on the water can be full of surprises and as we left the dock, intending to go find Humpback Whales, Captain Mike got word of two male Orcas in Rosario Strait. Humpbacks are wonderful creatures, but any chance to see black and whites shouldn't be taken for granted. So, we headed for the...Read more