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September 6, 2010

Do you still see whales in the rain?

Our summer is coming to a close and with it comes a little bit more rain. We have our occasional rainy day now where as mid summer we went a full 38 days with no rain. Today was one of those days but the whales definitely don't care. Reports of J pod were coming from the west side of san juan. We...Read more

September 5, 2010

Active Orcas

Another great day with the J-pod! The whales were spread out along the south end of Saturna Island. We identified J1, J2, and J26. Captain Mike turned off the boat and we peacefully swayed in the slow rolling waves of this protected inland sea. Three whales were displaying foraging behavior as...Read more

September 4, 2010

Old Lady and The Man

"Ruffles" and "Granny". Photo courtesy of Sandy Buckley The San Juan Islands are famous as the setting for the Pig War and for their orcas. Of those famous orcas, two are the most sought-after by visitors for sightings and as photo subjects. They are J1 and J2, also known as "Granny" and "Ruffles...Read more

September 3, 2010


Being on the water six days a week pretty much guarantees that a person is going to see all things imaginable when it comes to these orcas. That, of course, in no way diminishes my excitement in seeing them each and every time. They are beautiful and sleek and amazing and unpredictable. Despite...Read more

August 30, 2010

Over the river and through the woods..........

Map: Active Pass, Canada Today we ventured to Active Pass in Canada to admire those beautiful black and white creatures known as Orcas. It is not very often we have to travel this far to see them. Thanks to the gorgeous weather, our guests definitely did not mind the boat ride. The longer boat...Read more

August 29, 2010

Cross-cultural Communication

With the orcas being able to swim 30-35 mph and covering 100 miles in a day, it is easy to see how they can become "lost" from one day to the next. And with the Salish Sea being such a large body of water, how is it that the whale watching companies ever find what they are looking for? Since we do...Read more

August 29, 2010

Tag-wearing Transients

We often have people ask us about whether the orcas wear tags and if that is how we know where they are. Since the Southern Residents are listed as an endangered species, researchers are not given permission to attach tags to them. The same logic that discourages the use of tags is the same...Read more

August 27, 2010

The Bigger The Better!

When it comes to orca mating, researchers do not know how the pairs are established. Mating is indiscriminate, meaning that males and females do not stay together. Females raise the calf with their family and the males help to raise their siblings, cousins, etc. It has even been theorized that the...Read more