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August 13, 2022

A Bucket List Moment: Breaching Bigg’s Killer Whales at our Bow!

Lauren | M/V Osprey | 8/13/2022 | 12:30 PM What an epic day! Dare I call it the trip of the summer? Today our 12:30 Classic Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour had one of those unforgettable moments... a key memory if you will? With no firm whale reports in the area, we had no idea what was in store...Read more

August 12, 2022

Rare Grey Whale Encounter in Cattle Pass

Kelly | M/V Kestrel | 8/12/22 | 10:00am Captain Eric and I were thrilled to leave the harbor on this beautiful Friday morning. A Humpback whale had been reported right outside Friday Harbor! After quickly suiting our guests up, we briefed everyone on safety precautions and gave them a quick...Read more

August 11, 2022

Bigg's Killer Whales Cruise Through Gulf Islands

Elle | M/V Osprey | 8/11/2022 | 5:30 PM This evening's sunset cruise enjoyed glassy waters and beautiful pink clouds around Mt. Baker (also known as Koma Kulshan) as we searched for wildlife in the Salish Sea. We departed from Friday Harbor and headed north at full speed, following rumors of some...Read more

August 11, 2022

A Slinky Minke and Jolly Humpback Whale

Haleigh | M/V Osprey | August 11, 2022 | 12:30 pm For Thursday’s classic whale watch tour, we departed southbound to scan the open waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to find any whales and wildlife lurking about. Our search began scanning the shallow banks where nutrients pool at the surface due...Read more

August 10, 2022

Hunting in the Haro: T137s Bigg's Killer Whale's Encounter

8/10/22 // MV Osprey // 12:30pm // Helena As we boarded MV Osprey we could hear booms of thunder in the distance. It was a chilly grey August morning as we waiting for a storm in the southern Strait of Juan de Fuca to blow east. Once we had our final numbers and confirmation of safe weather, we...Read more

August 9, 2022

Life (and death!) in The Salish Sea

Elle | M/V Kestrel | 8/9/2022 | 2:00 PM Today was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions! We started our journey from San Juan Island and followed reports of Bigg's killer whales towards the Rosario Strait. In Obstruction Pass, we spotted an osprey! This fish-eating bird (and the namesake of one of...Read more
lunging killer whale

August 9, 2022

T037a's Hunting in Rosario Strait

Kelly | M/V Osprey | 8/9/22 | 12:30pm There was a pleasant cool breeze in the air as we left Friday Harbor on this tuesday afternoon. It was a wonderful departure from the hot weather we’ve been experiencing. We had just received a report of Biggs Killer whales in the south and were excited to...Read more

August 7, 2022

Greetings from a Breaching Humpback Whale near Port Townsend

Lauren | M/V Kestrel | 8/7/2022 | 10:00 AM We couldn’t have asked for better boating conditions on our Sunday morning adventure whale watch and wildlife tour! It was predicted to be one of the warmest days Friday Harbor has seen all summer, which is a blessing for anyone cruising aboard M/V Kestrel...Read more