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March 19, 2022

A Biggs Killer Whale Surprise Outside Friday Harbor

Kelly | M/V Sea Lion | March 19th, 2022 | 12:30pm Just as we were puttering out of Friday Harbor, we received one vague whale report. The land-based report stated four killer whales heading south in upright channel, just outside Friday Harbor! It seemed suspiciously convenient…almost too good to be...Read more

March 18, 2022

Two Families of Bigg's Killer Whales Play in Rosario Strait

Olivia | March 18th, 2022 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:30pm Today’s trip was so unexpected for March here in the Salish Sea. We were lucky enough to leave the dock with some reports of Bigg’s Killer Whales in Rosario Strait! With these whales moving south and being a bit further away, we headed inner island...Read more

March 16, 2022

A Whale Trifecta in March!

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | March 16th, 2022 | 12:30pm If I would have known leaving the dock today what I know now, there is no way I would believe it. We headed out just like any other spring day; a cold breeze guiding us towards the flirting sun in search of any Salish Sea wildlife. On M/V Sea Lion...Read more

March 12, 2022

Bigg's Killer Whales, known as the T18's, found by Saturna Island!

Laura / M/V Sea Lion / 3/12/2022 / 12:30 PM Today was an adventurous day out on the water! The spring air was quite chilly, but the overcast skies made excellent viewing conditions to seek out exhalations. M/V Sea Lion headed northbound out of Friday Harbor and spotted a bald eagle right around Pt...Read more

March 11, 2022

Bigg's Killer Whale Family on a Sea Lion Hunt!

Laura / M/V Sea Lion / 3/11/2022 / 12:30PM What a way to kick off the season! As it was my first day out on the water this year, I was thrilled to leave the dock with a Bigg’s killer whale report near McArthur Bank! M/V Sea Lion had 11 enthusiastic and hopeful passengers on board, and Captain Eric...Read more

October 11, 2021

Humpback Whales Preparing for Migration

Haleigh | M/V Sea Lion | October 11, 2021 | 12:00 pm Humpback whales have been sighted almost every day somewhere in the Salish Sea this fall. As we made our way south today, we were scanning for the large blows out in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Continuing in a southwest direction, we were hoping...Read more

October 10, 2021

Splashing Humpback Whales in Haro Strait

Haleigh | M/V Sea Lion | October 10, 2021 | 12:00 pm For our Sunday afternoon departure, we departed from Friday Harbor following up on a report of two Humpback Whales along the West side of San Juan Island. We arrived on scene with these whales traveling north very close together. As they made...Read more

October 9, 2021

Bigg’s Killer Whales Outside of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island!

Haleigh | M/V Sea Lion | October 9, 2021 | 12:00 pm For today’s whale sightings, we didn’t have to go too far! We left Friday Harbor pointed North through San Juan Channel where we were united with a family of Bigg’s Killer Whales . Within the group was T60 (Panthera) and three of her five living...Read more