June 26, 2021

Humpback Whale in San Juan Channel at Sunset

Haleigh | M/V Osprey | June 26, 2021 | 5:30pm The Salish Sea supports an abundant, diverse ecosystem full of lengthy kelp beds, speckled phytoplankton, small schooling fish, and our larger marine mammals! Using our knowledge of the environment, we can predict where certain animals will congregate...Read more

May 29, 2021

Three Humpback Whales on the Canadian Border!

Abby | Sea Lion | 5/29/2021 We set out on M/V Sea Lion. Or at least, we tried. At the lowest tide of the year (or more notably, the past few years), we began our reverse into some shallow water. With the wake from the ferry and hardly any depth, we motored forward and tried again. This time,...Read more

May 27, 2021

8 Bigg's Killer Whales by Lime Kiln State Park!

Abby | Kestrel | 5/27/2021 We suited up for our tour, the promise of a typical Washington drizzle looming off in the distance. The tide was at its lowest point, more so than I had ever seen, driving the crustaceans and nudibranchs lower on the pilings than they cared to travel. We set off on the...Read more

August 14, 2019

Whales Filter Feeding in the Haro Strait!

Laura C. | M/V Kestrel | 8/14/2019 | 11:00am This morning’s adventure whale watch and wildlife tour was simply outstanding! Captain Gabe directed our vessel, Kestrel, southbound towards Hein Bank. This area is a great spot for wildlife viewing! There are a few shallow banks south of San Juan Island...Read more

July 11, 2019

Magical Sunset Tour with "Exotic" Bigg's Killer Whales!

Piper | Thursday, July 11, 2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 5:30 PM On this evening’s sunset cruise, we had two really lovely groups of folks visiting the Salish Sea for the first time! The M/V Sea Lion motored out of Friday Harbor and north through San Juan Channel, passing by some wee harbor porpoises and...Read more

June 7, 2018

Orca/Humpback Rumble in the Strait of Georgia

Saturday, June 2, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00 Noon When Captain Gabe, lead naturalist Captain Sarah, new naturalist Jordan, and I pushed off the docks this afternoon, we never could have imagined the incredible sight we were about to witness. There were reports of orcas to the north, so, leaving...Read more