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Minke Whales near San Juan Island

July 26, 2020

Minke Whales Take Over Hein Bank

Olivia | M/V Kestrel July 26th, 2020 | 10:00 On our morning adventure trip out into the islands, we first decided to stop at Whale Rocks to view about five Steller’s Sea Lions (!!) and many Harbor Seals. It is extra exciting to be seeing Steller’s Sea Lions this time of year because they migrate to...Read more
SRKW at Sunset

July 25, 2020

Southern Resident Killer Whales Investigate San Juan Channel

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | July 25th, 2020 | 17:30 After seeing part of L-Pod foraging in the Strait of Juan de Fuca on our 13:30 trip, we hoped for our sunset trip that they would still be foraging down there to give our guests the same opportunity to see Southern Resident Killer Whales as we did...Read more
SRKW Swim West Side of San Juan Island

July 25, 2020

L Pod Southern Resident Killer Whales Forage off San Juan Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | July 25th, 2020 | 13:30 Starting off the trip, Captain Pete said to me, “Olivia, today is starting off a little weird, but sometimes those turn out to be the best days.” If he ever decides to retire as a Captain, he has a great future in fortune telling since he nailed our...Read more
SRKW near San Juan Island

July 24, 2020

A Profound Moment Met by the Southern Resident Killer Whales

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | July 24th, 2020 | 14:00 “No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” -David Attenborough I do not even know where to begin with writing tonight’s blog. I have been a naturalist in New Zealand and the San Juan...Read more
BCX08670 "Scoop"

July 24, 2020

Humpback Whale BCX0870 "Scoop" in Haro Strait

Sarah | 07/24/2020 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:30pm Captain Pete and I left Friday Harbor on a beautiful summer day in search of whales around the San Juan Islands. We decided to head north towards calm seas, sunny skies, and a reported humpback whale. As we rounded the north side of San Juan Island we...Read more
Humpback in Haro Strait

July 24, 2020

Fluking Humpback in Haro Strait

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | July 24th, 2020 | 10:00 We started off the trip by being one of the first boats out on the water for the day. That being said, we decided to start the trip by scanning some major bodies of water such as the Haro Strait. These tend to be hot spots for larger cetaceans and a...Read more

July 23, 2020

History Made abord M/V Kestrel Today!

M/V Kestrel Naturalist Alexandria | Thursday July 24 th , 2020 What an amazing trip! We made history today in M/V Kestrel with Captain Brian! As we were all boarding onto M/V Kestrel the closest reports of whales were alllll the way down in Penn Cove. Captain Brian and myself were anxiously hoping...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales at Sunset

July 20, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim the Sunny Strait of Georgia

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | July 20th, 2020 | 17:30 For our evening sunset trip, we heard that the same Bigg’s Killer Whales from earlier this morning were still in range but traveling a bit further east closer to the edge of our scope. We felt it would still be worth it to our 11 passengers to see the...Read more

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