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June 25, 2010

Orcas Breathing in Our Midst

Softly we sat and watched the whales about 700 yards away from us. At first we could only see white wake, their bodies like boats zooming through the water. As we waited, their dorsal fins began to loom in the distance. We followed them as they swam parallel to us west along the south side of...Read more

June 24, 2010

Swimming With Orcas

Ok, not really, but wouldn't that be cool. We did spend time with the orcas though and had a lovely afternoon on the west side of San Juan Island. There was Ruffles, our big old male, some of his other J pod mates and lots of swimming going on. Not every encounter with the orcas is a circus of...Read more

June 20, 2010

Chillin' In The San Juans

It was a cool and blustery overcast day in the San Juan Islands today, but that did not stop us from spending time with the orcas. On the west side of San Juan Island, from Kellet Bluff to Lime Kiln Point State Park, we tracked several orcas through the surf. Of the animals that we were able to...Read more

June 19, 2010

How Was Your Day?

It has been a few days since I have visited the blogosphere, but that does not mean I have been sitting on my laurels doing nothing. We are heavily into "The Season" now and I have been out seeing orcas on a daily basis. Yesterday it was the afternoon trip on the M/V Kittiwake and then the sunset...Read more

June 19, 2010

These photos were sent into the photo contest by Andrew Walenga who toured with us June 17, 2010. BIG thanks!Read more

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

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