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May 31, 2010

Prolific Past 9 Days

Its been a prolific past 9 days marred by only been 1 day whale-less day. We've been blessed by humpbacks, transient orcas and resident orcas. For the past few days we've seen the easily identifiable T-40. Transient male dorsal fins can get up to 6 ft. tall and T-40 is all male. Born in 1961, the...Read more

May 30, 2010

Is This Neverland?

It must be since Capt. Hook just arrived! That is right, we spent the day with good old Capt. Hook and, in this story, his jolly gals. And we did not have to go more than twenty minutes down San Juan Channel before we met up with them. Transient orcas T40, or Capt. Hook as he is affectionately...Read more

May 28, 2010

Rock 'n Roll Whales!

Okay, well it was actually all of us on the M/V Sea Lion that were doing the rocking and rolling, but I am sure that the orcas were having some fun too. Especially if all of the breaches by the calf were any indication of their state of mind. The waters were rough, (unusual for the San Juan Islands...Read more

May 27, 2010

Whales look better when they are wet!

It was a bit of a rocky day out there with 2 foot swells, but it was still a great day! The Southern Resident L- pod was first spotted off False Bay on the southwest side of the island. The pod was spread out into several smaller groups. We chose to take a look at a smaller group that seemed to be...Read more

May 25, 2010

Going with the flow, the art of watching wildlife.

Working as a Naturalist, I have become accustomed to going with the flow (pardon the nautical idiom.) This is often an acquired skill for people, as wildlife has a way of constantly thwarting our wishes to watch them in their natural setting. With a world now filled with zoos, aquariums, and Sea...Read more

May 24, 2010

A Day of Unusual Events

Today was a unique day. Most of the 23 people aboard the Sea Lion were part of a wedding party. The funny thing is, no one told me a couple was getting married on board. It was innocuously written in our reservation book. When I asked the pastor if he needed the space cleared of people for the...Read more

May 22, 2010

Hump Day

It was whales again today, but this time it was two humpbacks along the west side of San Juan Island. That makes three different whale species in two days spotted here in the San Juan Islands! Wow, what a cool place. It is exceptionally cool when you think about the fact that humpbacks are rare...Read more