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May 17, 2010

Circumnavigating San Juan

Many of the islands in the San Juans were named for the Spanish explorers who first recorded coming across them. Like those explorers, we felt gratified in circumnavigating our 15 by ten mile island that we call home. We left Friday Harbor and headed south. The water was smooth like a mirror and...Read more

May 16, 2010

Who's Who?

L pod! Transients? L pod? Transients! It was a confusing day with orcas today. With L pod having been spotted the day before in Haro Strait, when orcas were first seen off the Southern end of San Juan Island everyone assumed it was the Residents again. The whale watch fleet was deployed, as were...Read more

May 14, 2010

From Island Oil Spill Association, Friday Harbor San Juan Island

PRESS RELEASE: By Jackie Wolf, IOSA Coordinator The recent oil rig disaster and subsequent endless flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico has once again raised the horrifying specter of a really big oil spill here in our own precious part of the world. Sitting as we do right in the middle of major...Read more

May 14, 2010

They're Here...

Hopefully. Thinking positively, then the orcas are back and they look great! We spent the trip yesterday afternoon with numerous members of L pod over in the Canadian Gulf Islands. The first reports came in early in the morning with the orcas being well outside of our northern range. They covered...Read more

May 13, 2010

Ode To The Locals

There is more to life in the islands than orcas. With every brochure and website showing photos of leaping black and white behemoths, it is easy to forget that there are other equally stunning species that live in this area. It is also easy to overlook the basic beauty of the setting for fear that...Read more

May 12, 2010

Gray Whale in John's Pass!

Today we departed Friday Harbor having heard word a gray whale was passing right on through the San Juan Channel! This was exciting news, because not is it a relatively uncommon event to see a gray whale in the waters around the San Juan Islands, it is even more unusual for a gray whale to pass by...Read more

May 11, 2010

The Farthest North We've Ever Been

Today was a great day; sunny and calm with a strong flood current pushing us north. With no reports of Orcas we headed north to East Point on Saturna Island to seek out Harbor Seals and Steller Sea Lions. When we flew passed three magnificent Steller Sea Lions swimming in the water, without any...Read more

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