Bigg's Killer Whales near San Juan Island

July 28, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim into San Juan Channel

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | July 28th, 2020 | 13:30 It was a great start to our 13:30 trip since there were Transient Orca in the San Juan Channel! These Bigg’s Killer Whales were the family groups of T137’s and T65A’s, around 11 individuals. We initially found them in Upright Channel and were able to...Read more
SRKW at Sunset

July 25, 2020

Southern Resident Killer Whales Investigate San Juan Channel

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | July 25th, 2020 | 17:30 After seeing part of L-Pod foraging in the Strait of Juan de Fuca on our 13:30 trip, we hoped for our sunset trip that they would still be foraging down there to give our guests the same opportunity to see Southern Resident Killer Whales as we did...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near Lopez Island

July 5, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Feeding in San Juan Channel

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | July 5, 2020 | 17:30 They stayed! We received word that the family group of transient orcas we saw on our 1:30pm trip had started to porpoise south- fast! This made us nervous that we would not be able to have the same look at our favorite T65’s as we did previously. With...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near Friday Harbor

June 28, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Across the San Juan Islands

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | June 28, 2020 | 13:30 Today as quite the adventure, and a well needed one at that! We started off the trip with the fastest introduction speech of wildlife and the Salish Sea that I have done to date. The reason for the rushed speeches as we set off was because there were...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near Friday Harbor

June 28, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Across the San Juan Islands

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | June 28, 2020 | 13:30 Today as quite the adventure, and a well needed one at that! We started off the trip with the fastest introduction speech of wildlife and the Salish Sea that I have done to date. The reason for the rushed speeches as we set off was because there were...Read more

July 12, 2013

Birthday celebrations and seeing all of J-pod

With eager guests, Captain Jim and myself departed on M/V Kittiwake. As soon as we got out of the harbor area, our guests were scanning the tree line for Bald Eagles. We got to Turn Island and guests spotted two Bald Eagles sitting on tree branches close to the water. The guest that spotted the...Read more

September 21, 2009

Hide and Seek

Luckily, we did not have to look too far today, although the orcas were being a bit cagey. Capt. Craig took us out of Friday Harbor at an exaggeratedly slow speed, because the Coast Guard had sent out a radio warning about a submerged house boat that was adrift in San Juan Channel. How something...Read more

June 27, 2009

A Super Safari!

What a day! There were Orca families zooming everywhere with breaches, tail slaps and spyhops galore. We saw auklets and harbor seals and even a bald eaglet in the nest with his parents standing guard in nearby trees. The sun was out and the waters were calm and our guests on the MV Kittiwake could...Read more