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San Juan Island Orca Sunset

August 21, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Enjoy A San Juan Island Sunset

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 21st, 2020 | 17:30 Leaving the dock, we were intensely paying attention to our radios, repeaters, and apps on the whereabouts of the Transient Orca we saw previously on the 13:00 trip. Since the whales can travel over a hundred miles in a day, we don’t ever expect...Read more
P/C. Sarah McCullagh

August 21, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim in the Rain

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 21st, 2020 | 13:00 What an adventurous morning on M/V Sea Lion braving the weather and circumnavigating San Juan Island! We started the trip with no whale reports, a very common daily occurrence, and decided to head north scanning the wildlife hot spots for any action...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in Haro Strait

August 20, 2020

Killer Whales Swoosh Past San Juan Island

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | August 20, 2020 | 14:00 Leaving the dock, we had a rumored report of Bigg’s Killer Whales in U.S. waters but inching closer to the Canadian border. Due to Covid-19, that border is closed not only on land, but also across the water. Therefore, after a brief stop in Cattle Pass...Read more

August 20, 2020

Bigg's Orcas travel in Haro Strait! (T60's and T2B)

Erick | M/V Sea Lion | 1:00PM | August 21, 2020 This afternoon there was the treat of rain in the sky but luckily it held off till later in the day. Captain Pete and I took out a great crew of passengers out to search for the local wildlife in the Salish Sea! We started by heading south. There were...Read more
T030s and T028s in Haro Strait

August 19, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales on our Sunset Tour!

Sarah | 08/19/2020 | M/V Sea Lion | 05:30pm We had a lovely evening out on the water surrounded by wildlife in the Salish Sea. We had incredibly smooth water conditions and a beautiful muted light as we set out north from Friday Harbor. Earlier in the day there had been a group of orcas reported...Read more
PC/ Sarah McCullagh

August 18, 2020

Humpback Whale Sails Through Strait of Georgia

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 18th, 2020 | 13:00 We left the dock today with no whale reports in the area- a completely normal way to start any whale watching trip, especially when you are one of the first boats off the dock. Therefore, Captain Sarah and I agreed to head north towards some...Read more
Humpback Whale near San Juan Island

August 16, 2020

Baleen Whales Take Over the San Juan Islands

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | August 16th, 2020 | 14:00 Our entire Adventure Trip today was one unexpected moment after another! Heading inner island, we started the trip feeling a warm wind [it was the hottest day all summer, after all] and headed south through Rosario Strait. Scanning the blue waters,...Read more
Transient Orcas at Sunset

August 15, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim Around Southern San Juan Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 15th, 2020 | 17:30 The Transient Orca families we watched on our 13:00 trip traveled too far southeast out of our range to view again, but to our delighted surprise, ANOTHER family group of Bigg’s Killer Whales swam into U.S waters that earlier were milling southeast...Read more

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