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May 28, 2010

Rock 'n Roll Whales!

Okay, well it was actually all of us on the M/V Sea Lion that were doing the rocking and rolling, but I am sure that the orcas were having some fun too. Especially if all of the breaches by the calf were any indication of their state of mind. The waters were rough, (unusual for the San Juan Islands...Read more

May 27, 2010

Whales look better when they are wet!

It was a bit of a rocky day out there with 2 foot swells, but it was still a great day! The Southern Resident L- pod was first spotted off False Bay on the southwest side of the island. The pod was spread out into several smaller groups. We chose to take a look at a smaller group that seemed to be...Read more

May 25, 2010

Going with the flow, the art of watching wildlife.

Working as a Naturalist, I have become accustomed to going with the flow (pardon the nautical idiom.) This is often an acquired skill for people, as wildlife has a way of constantly thwarting our wishes to watch them in their natural setting. With a world now filled with zoos, aquariums, and Sea...Read more

May 24, 2010

A Day of Unusual Events

Today was a unique day. Most of the 23 people aboard the Sea Lion were part of a wedding party. The funny thing is, no one told me a couple was getting married on board. It was innocuously written in our reservation book. When I asked the pastor if he needed the space cleared of people for the...Read more

May 22, 2010

Hump Day

It was whales again today, but this time it was two humpbacks along the west side of San Juan Island. That makes three different whale species in two days spotted here in the San Juan Islands! Wow, what a cool place. It is exceptionally cool when you think about the fact that humpbacks are rare...Read more

May 21, 2010

Shades of Grey/Gray

#53 - Photo courtesy of Cascadia Research Collective Today we followed whales across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A vague report of a whale south of San Juan Island became a gray whale known as #53 (see photo above). On our way towards the area where he was said to be, one of our guests spotted...Read more

May 20, 2010

Cruising Time

What do you do when there are no reports of whales? Which way do you go so that you are in the best position in case whales are spotted? How do you predict where whales are going to be? The answers are - wildlife tour, any way you want and you don't. The hardest part about being a Marine Naturalist...Read more