July 27, 2011

Sunset - The Lighting Is Magical

L Orca off South West End of San Juan Island Sunset Whale Watch Tour Last evening I got out from behind the computer and went on the 5:30 whale watching tour. It is the "lighting". I just love it around 7:00 pm when eveyone's faces are warm from the sunlight. The Madrone trees seem firey and the...Read more

July 24, 2011

Sneaky Minke

Today we had a wonderful encounter with my old friend, the Minke whale. We left the harbor and headed south. Just before Cattle Point we noticed lots of splashing. We moved toward the disturbance and saw two harbor seals acting very peculiarly. One seal would lay, flat out, on the surface of the...Read more

July 20, 2011

Crazy baby K

Every morning I come in to work, nervous about what the day may hold, but also excited about the prospect of seeing whales. There is a lot of pressure on us as naturalists, captains, and crew to find the whales and keep the passengers happy, which is why we get so very excited when we hear two...Read more

July 18, 2011

Herb Rides Again

Herb has been out with San Juan Safaris for years now and on so many trips that he is an "honorary staffer". Along with knowing a lot about whales, and I am talking Hawaii to Massacusetts, he has a great eye. He has been very generous this year and in the past sharing all his photos. Here are just...Read more

July 9, 2011

5:30 Sunset Tours Best for Photographers

Last evening I got out from behind the computer and went out on the whale watching tour that departs at 5:30. We went out of Friday Harbor, then south down the east side of San Juan Island. About 1 mile off the south west side of San Juan Island there were many, MANY whales. It was an...Read more

July 1, 2011

A pod of Minke Whales!

We headed south with word that there were killer whales heading towards False Bay. It was a beautiful sunny day; both the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges were visible in the distance. As we rode past south beach we saw at least ten harbor seals bobbing their heads out of the water near shore...Read more

June 20, 2011

Glorious Evening With Orcas

We departed Friday Harbor and headed north. There was absolutely no wind and the water was like glass. An incredible night for whale watching. We caught up to J-pod around Monarch Head on Saturna island. There were about six animals traveling very close to each other, and very close to shore. We...Read more

June 12, 2011

International J-pod

Whale Watching Naturalist with Young Whale Watcher Today on both of our trips, we encountered J-pod. First off of the west side of San Juan Island where they were headed northeast and then off of East point, the most northwestern point of the United States, and headed into Canadian waters. Our...Read more