May 7, 2018

Sunshine and Whales!

[M/V Sea Lion- 5/5- Naturalist Alexandria] Aboard M/V Sea Lion guests were treated to a gorgeous sunny Spring day. Captain Mike, Naturalists Piper and myself, Naturalist Alexandria, all boarded for an exciting trip on the water as the sun shined down on us for one of the first of our perfect spring...Read more
Humpback Whale

September 24, 2017

A Fantastic Autumn Humpback Whale Watch!

A Look Back At Our Fantastic Trip [Naturalist Alexandria – 09/20/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Our energetic group boarded Sea Lion on a crisp September afternoon, ready to explore the water surrounding San Juan Island to see what wildlife we could find! We ventured north and began our search for...Read more

September 4, 2017

Orca Invasion Continues in the San Juans!

[Naturalist Sarah C. 9/3/17 M/V Sea Lion 1:30pm departure] Transient orcas have been spotted in the dozens around the San Juans this week. It's not always the case that we get to choose which whale sighting we pursue on our daily departures from Friday Harbor. With multiple families spotted within...Read more

August 26, 2013

Summer of Transient Orcas

This has been the summer to see Transient Orcas, which for me has been an absolute blast! Transients, unlike Resident Orcas, are much stealthier and tend to be more elusive in their feeding patterns. Since the Southern Residents Orcas seem to be feeding elsewhere for their fill of Chinook Salmon,...Read more

August 6, 2013

Minke Whale Feeding Off the Westside of Waldron Island

B-E-A-U-TIFUL weather around the San Juan's today! That lingering fog bank hanging along the westside of San Juan Island was not going to stop us from having a great whale watching and wildlife tour. Captain Brent, the passengers aboard M/V Kittiwake, and myself took this as an excellent...Read more

August 5, 2013

A Friendly Minke Whale!

With plenty of sun shining, M/V Kittiwake departed Friday Harbor with a family, Captain Jim, and myself. There was one little boy who really wanted to see whales and we were able to head north to see a Minke whale. We spotted the Minke in Boundary Pass just west of Waldron Island. This Minke was...Read more

July 31, 2013

Minke Whale Goes Off the Beaten Path

The fog bank to the west and north of San Juan Island has been challenging the whale watching fleet recently. Shortly after departing the Friday Harbor dock, Captain Craig learned of a minke whale sighting north of Waldron Island. When we caught up with the cetacean it was executing long dives, 5-6...Read more

June 2, 2013

Southern Residents and a Humpback

Another beautiful day on the water. Leaving Friday Harbor Captain Mike, myself and our guests, once again traveled north along San Juan Island before reaching the west side of Henry Island where we met up with northbound traveling J pod as well as the small group from L pod, the L12s. Right away we...Read more