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June 9, 2010

Update On Oil Spill and Our Oceans

NOAA Confirms Presence of Subsea Oil Plumes in Gulf By: Lea Winerman The federal government confirmed Tuesday that subsea clouds of dispersed oil have been found at least 40 miles from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The finding, which confirms what some...Read more

June 8, 2010

Orca Whales and Mountain Vistas

The reports were in, telling us to search near the west side of San Juan Island for a group of L-pod orca whales. We arrived at False Bay shortly after departing from Friday Harbor. A cross-cultural crew of guests from Singapore to Kentucky adjusted their binoculars and were ready to see our famous...Read more

June 7, 2010

Fun n Sun

What a pleasant surprise the gorgeous weather was today. The sun was shining, it was warm and there were whales! What more could one really ask for? Except for the whales to be headed right in our direction, and as it turned out they were!! The plan was to head straight for the whales which were...Read more

June 6, 2010

It must be summer! Sunshine, Smiling Tourists and Orcas Galore!

The sun was shining, the waters were calm, the guests were smiling and life couldn't have been more peachy as we departed Friday Harbor. Summer feels like it is finally approaching here in the islands. In town tourists wander the streets, hopping in and out of shops. On the water whale watch boats...Read more

June 4, 2010

Tranquil Transients

It was 1:00 p.m. when Captain Mike received notice of transient orcas on the north side of Orcas Island. Just as we arrived near Clark Island, we spotted four transients traveling closely together. The guests oohed and awed each time the whales surfaced the water as they reached for a breathe of...Read more

June 3, 2010

Jumping For Joy!

It was a chore to find them, but I finally got to spend some time with J pod. This season is starting out slowly and the orcas are still not back in the area full-time like we are used to. That means that we spend a lot of time searching and seeing other wildlife on the way. Today though we knew...Read more

June 2, 2010

Taking in the Scenery

Captain Craig and I left Friday Harbor with a group of enthusiastic guests to explore the wonder the islands have to offer. Having only heard news of whales heading west past Trial Island (near Victoria) -which is too far for us to reach, especially in a rolly-polly Haro Strait - we headed north to...Read more

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