Transient Orca near Barnes and Clark

August 4, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Feeding near Barnes and Clark

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 4th, 2020 | 13:00 Captain Sarah and I were jazzed that we were able to tell our passengers we were leaving the dock with reports of Transient Orca in our waters. We immediately aimed for the previously known location of these whales in hopes to give our guests the...Read more
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
Transient Orcas near Lopez Island

July 18, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Travel Inner Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | July 18th, 2020 | 17:30 We initially received word that the same family group of Transient Orca we saw on our 13:30 trip was traveling south away from the island. Trying to get off the dock quickly, we were humbly surprised that they turned INTO San Juan Channel! We headed...Read more
Transient Orcas in the San Juan Islands

June 30, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales in the Outer Islands

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion| June 30, 2020 | 13:30 Today was such an exciting day as Captain Erick and I were able to bring our guests over towards the outer islands to see Killer Whales! Along the route, we passed three Bald Eagles soaring overhead near Lopez Island and throughout Upright Channel with...Read more

August 24, 2018

Young Transient Orcas Hunting Near Lopez Island 8/24/18 | 1:30 pm

Guests aboard M/V Sea Lion along with the crew had quite a day today! Heading out Naturalists Eric, Captain Gabe, and I were struggling to decide what group of orcas to go watch! There being a couple of reports of whales nearby from other boats, we decided to go through Upright Channel to the north...Read more
whale sunset

June 29, 2018

Sunset Whales!

Jordan | June 29, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 5:30 sunset trip What a lovely sunset tour today! Captain Mike and I set out at 5:30 from Friday Harbor with a fairly decent idea of where we could find orcas! We received reports of a transient whale pod up in West Sound, so we headed north through the San...Read more

July 24, 2009

Jolly ol' Js

It was a double round-trip for those guests coming from Anacortes today. We loaded them on the boat in Friday Harbor and then motored through Upright Channel and Thatcher Pass to get to Rosario Strait right outside of Anacortes. There was some fog again today, but it was well inland and offered a...Read more