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Breaching Southern Resident killer whale

September 5, 2020

Southern Resident Killer Whales near San Juan Island

Sarah | 09/05/2020 | M/V Kestrel | 10:00am & 02:00pm We had quite the day on the Salish Sea! With early-morning shore-reports of orcas heading into some fog around San Juan Island, Captain Gabe and I left the harbor for our first tour hoping that we could find those elusive animals. We decided...Read more
Southern Resident Killer Whales Swim into the Salish Sea

September 5, 2020

A Moment in History with the Southern Resident Killer Whales

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | September 5th, 2020 | 13:30 Leaving Friday Harbor and setting out south to find whales, we had no idea we would be part of such a unique moment in history. We started the long trek through the Strait of Juan de Fuca with Mount Baker peering down at us and Harbor Porpoise...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in Strait of Juan de Fuca

September 4, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Travel Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | September 4th, 2020 | 13:30 Leaving the dock, we were lucky enough to receive some whale rumors far south in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Attempting to give our passengers the best possibility of seeing whales, we decided to follow this rumor and head straight south. Coming...Read more
Southern Resident Killer Whales Swim San Juan Island

September 3, 2020

A Memorable Southern Resident Killer Whale Experience

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | September 3rd, 2020 | 14:00 Every day feels unique and special with the mass diversity we have in the Salish Sea; however, some days stand out a bit more. A cloudless day, glassy seas, and Mount Baker standing sharp over the islands set the tone for a memorable day. Briefly...Read more
Bigg's Orcas

September 2, 2020

Found the T65B's (Bigg's Orcas) near Lopez Island!

Erick | M/V Sea Lion | September 2, 2020 | 1:30 PM We have come to my favorite time of the year in the San Juan Islands! As summer ends and we inch closer to fall the world starts to slow even more down here. All the historic orchards are heavy with fruit, the last native berries are just finishing...Read more
P/C. Sarah McCullagh

September 1, 2020

A Once in A Lifetime Southern Resident Killer Whale Surprise

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | September 1st, 2020 | 13:30 Every day and every trip in the San Juan Islands are completely unique. With such a strong diversity in the most productive waters in the world, we never truly know what is going to grace our presence. Today solidified that theory. Captain Sarah...Read more
Bigg's killer whales

August 31, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Hunt Near Some Bait Balls South of SJI!

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 8/31/2020 | 1:30pm Even though it is the end of August and fall is right around the corner, we had the most beautiful summer day out on the water on M/V Sea Lion! Morale was high among passengers as Captain Erick explained at the dock that our plan was to head south today to...Read more
Killer Whale Breaches in Salish Sea

August 30, 2020

Surprise Killer Whales Leap in the Rainfall

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | August 30th, 2020 | 14:00 It was the iconic Pacific Northwest weather today, going into the trip with sunshine and warmth, and ending the trip in rain and clouds. However, we do not let the shift in weather get us down just like it does not get down the whales- our trip...Read more

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