April 23, 2018

Bigg's Orcas and a Humpback Whale in the Strait of Georgia

Monday, April 23, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00 Noon What a gloriously sunny Monday afternoon in the San Juan Islands! Sitting here writing this, I can feel the sunburn set in over what are probably some fresh freckles, and it makes me so excited that summer is finally (nearly) upon us! Today Captain...Read more

April 16, 2018

Active Orcas in Active Pass!

April 16, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00 PM Today was a very stereotypical Pacific Northwest day, with a lot of cloud-cover producing a lot of rain, but the islands were dotted so beautifully with those wispy low-lying clouds just touching the evergreens, the type of scene that made me fall in love...Read more

April 16, 2018

Gray Whale in San Juan Channel!!!

14 April, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 4:00 PM On the noon trip this day Captain Mike, Erick, and I explored a large area north of San Juan Island so when Captain Mike and I left the docks on our second trip of the day we decided to go south, and boy am I glad we did. On our way down San Juan Channel we...Read more
J Pod whales traveling together

April 8, 2018

J Pod in Haro Strait (April 3rd)

[Naturalist Sarah – 04/03/2018 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] April trips don’t often start with whale reports on the dock, but on Tuesday we had incredible reports of orcas be fore we left Friday Harbor. Captain Brian opted for a southerly route, so he steered the M/V Sea Lion right out of the harbor...Read more
Killer whales traveling towards the Olympic Mountains

March 15, 2018

A Big Day for Bigg's Killer Whales!

[Naturalist Sarah – 03/15/2018 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Lately we have had some simply exceptional days out on the water. Not only have we been treated to insane whale sightings, but we have also had magical springtime weather. While I was cooking breakfast this morning Captain Brian called me, “...Read more
Two Humpbacks!

October 26, 2017

Persistence Pays Off! Humpbacks in the San Juan Islands

[Naturalist Sarah – 10/26/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Today was a great example of why we never stop scanning the water as we travel through the Salish Sea. After a whirlwind adventure north into the Canadian Gulf Islands, our persistence was rewarded by an encounter with a pair of humpback...Read more
Humpback Whale

October 17, 2017

Humpback Whale on the Westside of San Juan Island

[Naturalist Sarah – 10/16/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Yesterday was a great day out on the water enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife of the San Juan Islands. We started the day by heading south through San Juan Channel from Friday Harbor. Just south of Griffin Bay we found some Steller’s...Read more