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August 26, 2010

The Sea Is A Cruel Mistress

Compass Rose All of the old mariner's tales that you have heard about the watery deep are true. She is unpredictable, untameable and undeniable. She giveth and she taketh away, and usually when you least expect it. Here in the Salish Sea, nestled amongst the San Juan Islands, it is no different...Read more

August 25, 2010

Watch This Space

Each day as we cruise out of Friday Harbor, with hopes of seeing whales drifting about in our heads, I start the guests of with an introduction to the San Juan Islands and the all the wonders the islands offer. I often mention in this introduction that we as naturalists love questions. Not only do...Read more

August 24, 2010

What have you guys been up to?

Today was an exceptional day, amazing wildlife everywhere and beautiful weather! The animals seemed to get bigger and bigger as we continued our trip. We started by observing some harbor seals warming themselves on the rocks, these animals weigh about 300lbs as adults. Our next stop was the much...Read more

August 23, 2010

L pod returns

It has been a few days since we have seen L pod (or the Southern Residents in general) and we can only assume that means they have gone off in search of food in the Pacific, but today we were in luck! This afternoon reports came in that they were headed towards San Juan Island. As we headed off for...Read more

August 22, 2010

Minkes again!

We saw a minke whale on the west side of Waldron Island today! Although there weren't any reports of orcas, we still managed to see a lot of marine wildlife. We rarely see minke whales this many days in a row. They are solitary travelers and can hold their breathe for long periods. So when they...Read more

August 21, 2010

Whale Watching

Today, we actually saw whales as opposed to the black and white dolphins known as 'orcinus orca.' Whales and dolphins are classified according to two things; their size, with porpoise being the smallest, dolphins being mid sized and whales being the largest, with the Blue Whale being the largest...Read more

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