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July 21, 2010

Breathing in Unison

Today we ventured into Canadian waters, heading towards South Pender Island. Our safari began when we spotted a Bald Eagle perched on a rocky outcropping near Spieden Island. As Captain Mike slowed the Kittiwake, we noticed a harbor seal swimming with a small fish in its mouth! The bull kelp...Read more

July 20, 2010

Herb is BACK !

Male Humpback Hawaii Herb Head Lunge Hawaii Herb One Orca Whale with Mountains by Herb Saddle Patch of Orca Whale by Herb Marine Naturalist Lauren of San Juan Safaris by Herb Mature Bald Eagle in Flight by Herb Mature Bald Eagle in a Tree by Herb Sally and Casey Whale Watching Naturalists by Herb...Read more

July 20, 2010

Did you bring your passport?

Well we are all becoming overly familiar with the Canadian waters these days. Reports were in that once again the Orcas were near the coal docks but it was music to our ears to hear they were at least headed south our direction. It was a beautiful day for a boat ride so we didn't mind the extra...Read more

July 19, 2010

Majestic Mammals

Sunday, July 18th, 2010 was an evening to remember. The crew aboard the M/V Sea Lion never thought they would be so deeply touched in the presence of the orca whales. We spotted at least 12 members of the L-pod traveling in small groups of 3-5 near Eagle Point. The calm waters on the west side of...Read more

July 18, 2010

Wave Walking

You could not ask for more out of the San Juan Islands than what we got today. Sun, sea and sightings all wrapped up in one stunningly beautiful package. The sea was a bit of a surprise today since we endured some bouncing around as we traveled up and around the north and west sides of San Juan...Read more

July 17, 2010

North Pender Island

As one of our naturalist Lauren mentioned yesterday the whales have been testing our reach lately and today was no different. This morning they cruised quickly up the west side of San Juan Island continuing to head north. By the time we headed out of the harbor the reports were saying they were at...Read more

July 16, 2010

A Small Miracle

During June, July and August, we see the orcas almost every single day because they are following the path of spawning salmon. A salmon's life cycle is not complete without a journey back to the river of its birth- returning from the open ocean, it spawns and dies. In the winter, the orcas ply the...Read more

July 15, 2010

Summer Time Whale Watching

Yesterday, we had a long haul north to view the orcas with a backdrop of the skyline of Vancouver. So, after such a long trek, it was great news that the orcas were heading toward the south end of Lopez Island as the M.V. Sea Lion departed Friday Harbor. After a quick cruise through Cattle Pass we...Read more