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September 19, 2021

Mugged by the T99’s Bigg’s Killer Whales

Haleigh | M/V Kestrel | September 19, 2021 | 2:00 pm Our adventure tour took place on one of the beautiful, crisps fall days in the San Juan Islands. With calm conditions in the channels, we directed our boat towards a report of killer whales westbound. One our way, we stopped by a haul-out of...Read more

September 18, 2021

11 Biggs Killer Whales From Four Matrilines

September 18 th , 2021 Abby | M/V Kestrel | 2pm | 9/18/2021 Captain Solan and I zoomed south in San Juan Channel, cumulonimbus clouds rising steadily in front of Mount Baker. We headed over to Goose Island where double-crested cormorants stood atop their haystack-style nests and glaucous gulls...Read more

September 16, 2021

Bigg’s Orca, Humpback Whales, and a Warship!

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/16/2021 | 2:00pm Kestrel flew out of Friday harbor with purpose this morning: a family of Bigg’s Killer whales had been reported passing through Deception Pass State Park and were now traveling across the Juan De Fuca. We stopped briefly at goose island to observe the...Read more
Transient Orcas traveling near Lopez Island

September 16, 2021

Call Your Grandma!

Haleigh | M/V Sea Lion | September 16, 2021 | 2:00 pm Family ties are incredibly important for many animals. Staying connected with your relatives is a way for information and culture to be passed down. For killer whales, older relatives act as a necessary resource for learning how to be an orca in...Read more
Baby Bigg's Killer Whale

September 15, 2021

Welcoming New Baby in Bigg’s Killer Whale Family, T99's

Haleigh | M/V Kestrel | September 15, 2021 | 2:00 pm Today’s adventure tour was a blast! We left Friday Harbor headed southbound through the San Juan Channel. We stopped to hear the sounds of Pelagic Cormorants and California Gulls nesting on Goose Island and then followed the smells of Steller’s...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

September 11, 2021

Speedy Killer Whales on a Beautiful Grey Rainy Day

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/11/2021 | 2:00pm Today was the day I had been anticipating when I moved up to Washington: chilly, rainy, grey. While it was really only sprinkling throughout our trip we were being thoroughly blasted by water as Kestrel flew through the Salish Sea. This is, after all, the...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

September 10, 2021

Bigg’s Killer Whales And Dungeness National Park!

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/10/2021 | 2:00pm Kestrel raced through the San Juan Channel and swiftly popped out into the open Juan de Fuca. Now we’re full steam ahead. A popular family of six whales had been spotted hard south just north of Port Williams but getting there would mean 50 minutes of...Read more

September 9, 2021

The T018 Biggs Killer Whale Matriline in Rosario Strait

Abby | M/V Kestrel | 2pm | 9/9/2021 Captain Solan and I slipped out of the harbor, deliberately cruising south through San Juan Channel to spot many different species, including: Steller Sea Lions Harbor Seals Double-Crested Cormorants Pelagic Cormorants Glaucous-Winged Gulls Marbled Murrelets...Read more

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