July 11, 2021

Transient Orcas Around Deception Pass!

Jordan | M/V Kestrel | 07/11/2021 10:00pm What an incredible trip today. The day was perfectly sunny as Captain Eric and I hopped on the boat and headed between Shaw and Lopez Island. We wound around the Islands and through Lopez pass as we came out into the open waters of the Rosario Strait. The...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

July 2, 2021

Bigg’s Killer Whales towards Deception Pass

Maxx K. | M/V Osprey | 07/02/2021 | 5:30pm Osprey slowly turned southbound out of Friday Harbor as the sun set behind San Juan Island off our stern. We motored down the San Juan Channel and eventually stopped at the Whale Rocks off cattle point. Harbor seals seemed to cuddle with one another just...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near Whidbey Island

August 15, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Pass Along Whidbey Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 15th, 2020 | 13:00 With Mount Baker standing tall and a warm breeze lightly drifting over the water, we started our long haul towards Whidbey Island in an attempt to see some Bigg’s Killer Whales. Leaving the dock, these 8 individuals were originally just south of...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near Whidbey Island

August 7, 2020

A Trip Through Deception Pass Leads to a Whale Trifecta

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | August 7th, 2020 | 14:00 The Hail Mary works again! Captain Brian and I decided to take a chance and head far south on our afternoon adventure trip in an attempt to see Killer Whales between Whidbey and Camano Islands. This was a long shot as there was no coverage on the...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near Whidbey Island

August 1, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales and Deception Pass

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | August 1st, 2020 | 14:00 Today was easily in my Top 5 of Bigg’s Killer Whale experiences. Captain Brian and I knew there were two family groups of transient orca down between Whidbey and Camano Islands. However, we also knew there were Humpback Whales in north Rosario Strait...Read more

August 10, 2019

Such a Grayyy-t Trip!

M/V Sea Lion | Naturalist Alexandria | Saturday, August 10 th What a grayyyyy-t day we had today. We boarded onto the boat and started our trek out of Friday harbor. Within a few minutes we received a report of a gray whale spotted of Whidbey Island. We headed south down San Juan Channel and...Read more

July 22, 2019

Gray Whale Adventure Near Whidbey

Jordan | M/V Sea Lion | 07/22/19 | 1:30pm What an adventure! Today, Captain Pete, Naturalist Erin and I headed out of Friday Harbor with no reports of whales! We searched and searched the surrounding area. We boated up through the channel between Shaw and Lopez and down under Decatur Island and...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in the Salish Sea

July 22, 2019

A Wild Invasion of Bigg's Killer Whales!

Olivia | July 22nd, 2019 | M/V Kestrel | 11:00am Despite the beautiful sunshine, Olympic mountain range silhouetting the southern horizon, and Mount Baker proudly standing above the San Juan Islands, we ended up having fairly rough seas as we headed out on our adventure. We left Friday Harbor aware...Read more

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