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August 15, 2009

Orca Magic

Capt. Peter, Ashley and I spent the afternoon with "Spirit" and her boys today. A mother's love and authority are never in question and L22 gave a great demonstration of that. All was quiet and calm when we first arrived on scene. L79 "Skana" was doing his own thing and L22 "Spirit" was within...Read more

August 12, 2009

Superpod yesterday, Transients today!

A couple more beautiful days on the water here in the San Juans ! Last evening, on our sunset tour as Capt. Craig had hoped for, we were treated to a superpod . The Orcas of J, K, L pods had all convened in Haro Strait. There were whales spread out in small groups generally heading north when we...Read more

August 7, 2009

Sleight of Flipper

In these vast, life rich inland waters you just never know what you are going to happen upon. Even when it is an orca. One of our fellow whale watch companies was off looking for minke whales when, lo and behold, there were orcas around. The first reports were of transient orcas. These mammal...Read more

August 7, 2009


Our sunset trip was amazing last night. We traveled around the south end of San Juan Island toward the Lime Kiln State Park. K-pod had been sighted near the light house. As soon as we arrived we were able to identify K-11. We shut off our engine and put our hydrophone in the water. The next couple...Read more

August 6, 2009


The Orcas returned and were within reach today! Our guests were so pleased and excited to learn that today was their lucky day! The killer whales from J & K pods , along with a few L pod members had made their way south from the Fraser River down Rosario Strait to the southwest end of San Juan...Read more

August 5, 2009

Black-and-Whites of a Different Color

Not all black and white creatures are created the same, as well we know. No one would mistake a zebra for an orca. But someone might mistake a Dall's porpoise for an orca. Especially if the orca is expected and the Dall's porpoise is not. That was not exactly what happened tonight, but it was a...Read more

August 4, 2009

Wow! What a day of Watching Whales!

Days like today reaffirm why I love my job - as if working out on the water, viewing amazing wildlife, and talking to all sorts of interesting people is a job that needs any reaffirmation - but anyway ... Captain Craig, Naturalist Kathy, a boat full of enthusiastic guests, and I left Friday Harbor...Read more

August 2, 2009


Wow! Yesterday (Saturday) was unreal! We were out on a morning tour in Canadian Waters viewing Orcas from J & K pods! It was a stunning morning on the water...a little fog to the south, otherwise clear skies & calm seas all around the islands. Both J & K pods were heading south from the...Read more