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September 28, 2009

Still seeing Killer Whales!

To sum up yesterday and today's whale watching tours: The Orcas are still here! Yahoo! It's been a fabulous September for viewing our Resident Killer Whales. Yesterday we met members of J & K pod a mile or 2 off of Eagle Point, San Juan Island. They were very spread out with frequent changes in...Read more

September 26, 2009

Autumn Killer Whales!

Just want to make a quick note about our trip today. Another successful day viewing our local resident killer whales! Capt. Bill and I were heading south to meet members of L pod who were reported off the southern side of San Juan Island. We stopped to view a nice group of Harbor Seals basking on a...Read more

September 25, 2009

After a wonderful wildlife-packed (but orca -free) trip north yesterday, I was excited to hear a report the orcas were back in our range when I arrived to the office early this morning. Yet, as the morning progressed and reports continued to be updated, I became a bit nervous that whales might yet...Read more

September 22, 2009

Home Away From Home

It was a long trip today, but well worth it. A small group of guests joined us on the M/V Sea Lion and enjoyed a tour of Orcas Island and the State Marine Parks to the north as we motored to Birch Bay near Blaine, Washington. That is the farthest northeast that either Jaclyn or I have been and it...Read more

September 21, 2009

Hide and Seek

Luckily, we did not have to look too far today, although the orcas were being a bit cagey. Capt. Craig took us out of Friday Harbor at an exaggeratedly slow speed, because the Coast Guard had sent out a radio warning about a submerged house boat that was adrift in San Juan Channel. How something...Read more

September 21, 2009

A parade of Whales!

Yesterday's trip....I just have to blog about this one! It was a warm, sunny September Sunday. The Resident Killer Whales (or Orcas ) were moving south from Rosario Strait around Lopez Island. We came through Cattle Pass and were ahead of the Orcas , so we positioned ourselves offshore of the...Read more

September 17, 2009

With word that the orcas were spread out all along the south and west side of San Juan island, many heading north, Captain Nancy, Naturalist Jaclyn, and I boarded the MV Sea Lion (with a slightly late departure, due to a slightly late ferry - you've got to love island living!) and decided to head...Read more

September 15, 2009

Friendly Canada!

Once again we turned our bow towards Victoria and Canada today. The orcas, J pod to be exact, were at the Victoria Harbor heading east in a resting pattern. Capt. Craig tried to give them some time to swim to us by stopping to view other wildlife, but the orcas were swimming too slowly and we...Read more