July 21, 2017

Transient Orcas Spotted on the Sunset Whale Watch

[Sarah M. – 07/20/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 05:30pm] After a bit of a gray day in the San Juan Islands, we had a very welcome break in the clouds as we departed on our sunset whale watch from Friday Harbor. Out here in the Salish Sea your luck with wildlife sightings can change minute by minute, and...Read more

July 3, 2016

Transient Killer Whale Brothers Hang in Haro Strait

We left the dock today with reports of two killer whales just off of the west coast of San Juan Island. We headed north initially and rounded the top of the island before turning south into Haro Strait. We picked up some nice waves at that point, hopping over three-footers caused by the tide and...Read more

June 26, 2016

Flirty Whales Flaunt their Tails in Boundary Pass

It’s been an excellent year for Transient Killer Whales so far, and today was no exception! Recently there’s been a number of family groups hanging around the San Juan Islands, and we’ve been venturing up to Boundary Pass almost on the daily. Today we left the dock with similar reports and started...Read more

September 9, 2015

The Big Five!-September 8th, 2015

What an incredible day out on the water! Today was Captain Pete's last day driving for us, and the Salish Sea made sure it was a special trip. We loaded up the Sea Lion with excited passengers ready to see some of the unique wildlife and headed North out of Friday Harbor under a clear sky. We had...Read more

May 26, 2015

Transients and Dall's and hybrids, Oh my!

We started this trip with smiles on our faces because of the warm weather, and ended it the same way because of the spectacular wildlife we encountered. With no orca reports when we left the dock, we headed North to try our luck. On the way, we spotted an abundance of harbor porpoises, their tiny...Read more

March 7, 2014

Transient Orcas at Henry Island

Another fabulous day on San Juan Island! Our Owner and Captain Brian was out on the water today and spotted transient orcas near Henry Island late this morning. T18 was out with the T19 group hunting in Open Bay and off Battleship Island. We often see these transient orcas in the summer months as...Read more