May 31, 2010

Prolific Past 9 Days

Its been a prolific past 9 days marred by only been 1 day whale-less day. We've been blessed by humpbacks, transient orcas and resident orcas. For the past few days we've seen the easily identifiable T-40. Transient male dorsal fins can get up to 6 ft. tall and T-40 is all male. Born in 1961, the...Read more

May 24, 2010

A Day of Unusual Events

Today was a unique day. Most of the 23 people aboard the Sea Lion were part of a wedding party. The funny thing is, no one told me a couple was getting married on board. It was innocuously written in our reservation book. When I asked the pastor if he needed the space cleared of people for the...Read more

May 20, 2010

Cruising Time

What do you do when there are no reports of whales? Which way do you go so that you are in the best position in case whales are spotted? How do you predict where whales are going to be? The answers are - wildlife tour, any way you want and you don't. The hardest part about being a Marine Naturalist...Read more

May 17, 2010

Circumnavigating San Juan

Many of the islands in the San Juans were named for the Spanish explorers who first recorded coming across them. Like those explorers, we felt gratified in circumnavigating our 15 by ten mile island that we call home. We left Friday Harbor and headed south. The water was smooth like a mirror and...Read more

May 12, 2010

Gray Whale in John's Pass!

Today we departed Friday Harbor having heard word a gray whale was passing right on through the San Juan Channel! This was exciting news, because not is it a relatively uncommon event to see a gray whale in the waters around the San Juan Islands, it is even more unusual for a gray whale to pass by...Read more

May 11, 2010

The Farthest North We've Ever Been

Today was a great day; sunny and calm with a strong flood current pushing us north. With no reports of Orcas we headed north to East Point on Saturna Island to seek out Harbor Seals and Steller Sea Lions. When we flew passed three magnificent Steller Sea Lions swimming in the water, without any...Read more

May 8, 2010

The Ferry To Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Washington

I had an appointment off island yesterday and was observing folks, dogs, ferriess and cormorants at the Anacortes ferry landing. Great weather yesterday, today too and suppose to be the same for tomorrow - Mother Days (you remembered her, right?) [gallery] Here is a family walking the beach with...Read more

May 7, 2010

Toxic Waste into Georgia Straight - Home of Orca Whales and More

Environmentalists want investigation of toxic waste in Georgia Strait Mark Hume A coalition of Canadian and U.S. environmental groups have asked an international body to investigate allegations the federal government is allowing a Metro Vancouver sewage plant to regularly discharge toxic waste into...Read more