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May 27, 2011

Possible post-hunt transients milling about off Saturna Island

After a night of rain, I woke up this morning to still more rain, as it sometimes goes here in Washington. But as the day progressed, the weather got better and better. By the time our departure time rolled around, it was looking pretty good and sunny out here in the San Juan Islands. From Friday...Read more

May 26, 2011

Transients up North

We headed north with reports of Orca up near Pender Island. By the time we were on the water about 30 minutes the next report came in that the whales were moving steadily north towards active pass. We were committed to finding Orca for our passengers so we continued on. As we reached active pass we...Read more

May 25, 2011

Rainy Day Whales

I know I have said it before, but I will say it again. I love rainy day whale watches. Not the gross, windy, perfect storm kind of days, but the days when everything is still and calm and you can see every bird, porpoise, and seal within five miles of you. Today was one of those days. From the...Read more

May 24, 2011


Today we saw two Transient Orcas way up on the west side of Pender Island. One of them was a big male with a huge dorsal that we identified as T20. He had one of the coolest, most unique fins I have seen so far. With a couple of notches and a port-side lean, his dorsal was easy to ID even from...Read more

May 23, 2011

Minke Extravaganza!

Today we learned a very important lesson... Minke Whales have TERRIBLE breath. We headed south out of the harbor, went down through Cattle Pass and ended up at Hein Bank. There were birds everywhere. Always a good sign. We stopped and waited to see what else might be enjoying the small bait fish...Read more

May 23, 2011

Reflections of May

I was thinking this morning about how amazing the last couple of weeks have been. We have seen some amazing wildlife lately in this wonderful, productive sea and I just wanted to sum it all up and share. In the past 3 weeks we have spent 6 days with Transient Orcas, 6 days with J pod, (1 day with J...Read more

May 22, 2011

Big and small black and whites: Orcas and Dall's porpoises

Heading south from Friday Harbor, we had word that a potential transient pod was seen off Middle Bank and was headed further out towards the Strait of Juan De Fuca. With the traveling pod in mind, we searched out in that direction. After a about and hour and a half of travel, fifteen plus miles and...Read more

May 21, 2011

J-pod Traverses Past the Harbor Entrance

We started our adventure with a little rainfall as we left the harbor but within minutes the rain stopped and after heading south for a few more minutes, we found two harbor seals hauled out and resting. After cruising just another 10 minutes south, we spotted some dorsal fins off of Cattle Point,...Read more