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June 18, 2010

Summer in the San Juans

As we say (and it's true) - every day that we see orcas is a great day. I mean, here in the majestic San Juan Islands every day - whether it be sunny, cloudy, rainy, whale-free, or otherwise - offers a new and exciting kind of beauty. This means that, really, every trip out on the water, whale free...Read more

June 18, 2010

Inside a Whale's Stomach: Contents have 3.2 pound of human debris

Marine Biologist John Calambokidis showed a series of slides and some video and one listed what they found including "50 gallons of undigested contents, mostly algae but 3.2 lbs were "human debris, including plastic bag material, fabrics (including a leg of sweatpants), fishing line, golf ball,...Read more

June 16, 2010

Sunset Safari

What better way to end a busy day shopping in Friday Harbor than on the calm waters of the Salish Sea? Surrounded by marine wildlife in every direction, this evening's sunset tour was quiet the safari! The adventure started with the misty blows of orca whales off Spieden Island. As we approached...Read more

June 13, 2010

Sunkissed and Blissed

Another sunny day on the Sea Lion! As we boarded the boat, we received news that orca whales were spotted north near Vancouver. Communicating with the other whale watching vessels helped inform our crew that the whales were actually heading closer to us near Saturna Island. The excitement on the...Read more

June 12, 2010

Sunny Saturday

This is the warmest day of spring that we've had so far! It was a beautiful 80 degrees. I was lured into a sense of complacency and forgot to bring my jacket. No matter how warm it is on land, it is freezing on the water. We keep a large selection of blankets on board and the other naturalist had a...Read more

June 11, 2010

A Pair of Grins

It was an awesome day in the San Juan Islands today and we had a superb trip. The orcas disappeared into the oceanic netherworld some time in the night, so we went off in search of bigger and better intrigues. After motoring down San Juan Channel, around Goose and Long Islands and Whale Rocks, Capt...Read more