July 30, 2012


Another Minke Whale southeast of Lopez Island, a couple miles offshore, Rosario Strait (48°21.55’N 122°48.78’W). Captain Mike, also known as "Minke Mike", was the first to spot him and soon after, the fleet moved in. This whale seemed a bit distant at first, luring us into the strait, but...Read more

July 29, 2012

No Fish Left Behind; A Minke’s Motto

Just south of Salmon Bank, about 2-3 miles offshore of San Juan Island, we came across a Minke on a mission (48°22.9’ N, 122°55.9’W). This Minke was on the hunt, moving from bait ball to bait ball, no fish left behind. After only a few minutes of watching him, it became almost predictable as...Read more

May 19, 2012

Calm Seas Bring Out the Wildlife

For a day where the weather forecast predicted rain, it was awfully sunny and calm in the San Juan Islands today! As we left Friday Harbor we stopped to view a California sea lion hauled out on a buoy right outside the harbor. We then headed south towards Salmon Bank to look for minke whales since...Read more

May 5, 2012

Going the Distance

The sun was shining high in the sky as we left Friday Harbor this afternoon. We headed south, far south, enjoying the natural beauty of the islands along the way. At 48o 10.80’N 122 o 59.70’W, off shore between Dungeness Spit and Port Angeles, we spotted our first blow. It was the Southern Resident...Read more

August 13, 2011

Close Encounters of the Orca Kind

Something rare occurred today; killer whales surprised us by coming up not only next to our boat, but a couple swam under our boat! Let me start from the beginning… we left Friday Harbor heading south, stopping to see some harbor seals hauled up on rocky areas. We also went around whale rocks to...Read more

July 8, 2010

The Owner Takes An Afternoon Off

Naturalist Sallly with Whale Watching Guests aboard MV Sea Lion SuperPod. That got my attention. I got into gear and called staffer Ellie to see if she would watch the office. I am out of here! Needlesstosay, I had a wonderful three hour mini vacation on my own boat with an unbeatable crew. Here...Read more

June 27, 2010

It Was An L Kind of Day

Meaning that it was calm and relaxed and just a chill day on the water. L pod is known for being a little more relaxed in their activities and that energy carries over to the whole trip. A calf did treat us to a goodbye breach though. Our cruise started out with some excitement when a bald eagle...Read more

April 10, 2010

On The Road Again!

The whale road that is. Well, world's largest dolphin road to be exact. That is right, today we saw orcas! A small pod of transient orcas was spotted on the east side of Lopez Island near a reef called Bird Rock. When we arrived on scene it was to find two males and 3-4 female transient orcas in an...Read more