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July 27, 2010

Victoria AND the Olympic Penninsula

Today we left Friday Harbor and headed south down the east side of San Juan Island through Cattle Pass. Cattle Pass is known for torrential currents because both Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan De Fuca converge demanding to be let through. In the midst of Cattle Pass we saw stacked nests of...Read more

July 26, 2010

Moving up stream

What a beautiful day for a whale watch! Sunny, warm and calm waters. The whales were reported to be off the west side of San Juan Island but by the time we were off and running they had made their way up to Saturna island. These whales were moving really fast! Captain Mike positioned us just ahead...Read more

July 24, 2010

"The Love Boat"

"Soon we'll be making another run. The Love Boat..." These orcas are all about peace, l0ve and fish these days. They have been more active than I have ever seen them before with the percussive behaviors, the amorous behaviors and the feeding behaviors. It is fantastic and exactly what we want to...Read more

July 23, 2010

Of Dolphins And Diamonds

Seeing the San Juan Islands is magical and seeing the orcas can be downright transcendental for some. But, when you can pair those two things with a major milestone in a person's life it becomes a rare and unique moment that makes existence in this world a more glorious thing. It also shines a...Read more

July 22, 2010

Roly Poly Fish Heads

The amount of activity that we are seeing out of the orcas this season is amazing. They seem far more acrobatic and aerially inclined than they were last year. Of course that is undoubtedly just my generous heart making me see more than there really is, but I think it is spectacular. Especially all...Read more

July 22, 2010

What a wind-rocking, whale watching good time we had today!

Today, although the clouds cooperated and cleared way for the sun to shine upon our faces, the wind decided it would continue to bluster all throughout the day. Ah well, we said, and crashed the M.V. Kittiwake through the waves. Onward to Canada, we sped! The whales had been reported in 4-5 foot...Read more

July 22, 2010

Photos from Judy for the Orca Whale Photo Contest 2010

Big Slap! Wild Tail Slap by Judy Jacques I am submitting three photos that I took the afternoon of July 12th while on the boat "Sea Lion". It was a totally fabulous afternoon, a little choppy, but we saw lots of whale activity. We actually had a whale come under our boat and breach up on the...Read more

July 22, 2010

This Just In - Yesterdays Photos by Herb Hartman

Big Slap! Wild Tail Slap by Herb Hartman Marine Naturalist Ashley by Herb Hartman Marine Naturalist Ashley by Herb Hartman Four Orcas Fishing by Herb Hartman Four Orcas Fishing by Herb Hartman Solo Orca Whale by Herb Hartman Solo Orca Whale by Herb Hartman Three Traveling Orca Whales by Herb...Read more

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