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July 13, 2010

A whole lot to love

Reaching the middle of July, summer in the San Juans is really in full swing. The marine wildlife are just as active as the many visitors that come from around the world. It's almost a sure thing that we will see orca whales these days. Today we spotted members of the J and L-pods near Eagle Point...Read more

July 12, 2010

Playin in the waves

It was smooth water at the dock but word was out that the wind was blowing off the west side of San Juan and news of whales headed south closely followed that report. In general it is nice and flat out here and we rarely have anyone get sea sick however when news of 3-4 foot waves comes in it tends...Read more

July 11, 2010

Jumpin' Jehosaphat

I do not know what has the orcas so wound up this season, but I have seen more breaches in the past week than I saw all of last season. I love that they are being so enthusiastic and since it always seems to be paired with aggressive feeding I would like to think that this means that we are having...Read more

July 10, 2010

Searching the coal docks

Our afternoon trip returned with news that the whales were headed towards Canada. Knowing that it can be a challenge if not impossible to reach them in areas like the Coal Docks and beyond the office staff worked quickly to contact everyone on the sunset tour and have them at the dock for an early...Read more

July 9, 2010

Here Comes The Sun

Who would think that a heat wave would hit Friday Harbor? It has though and while this is not one of those melt-your-shoes-to-the-sidewalk kind of heat waves, it has had an affect on life here. For one thing, there is no such thing as air conditioning on San Juan Island. Maybe not in the whole of...Read more

July 9, 2010

SAVE THE DATE! Orca Network presents: August 8, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Lolita's capture from her family, the Southern Resident orcas, in Penn Cove off Whidbey Island. We are finalizing plans for several events to commemorate the captures, to remember all the orcas who died during the...Read more

July 8, 2010

Another Beautiful Day!

With the sun shining strong today, the only place I wanted to be was out on the water. We walked off the heated sidewalks of Friday Harbor and made ourselves comfortable on the deck of the SeaLion. The warm breeze made for a very enjoyable ride. Captain Mike informed the crew that we were heading...Read more