Female Orca Breaches

January 27, 2016

Orca Behavior 101: Breaching

"So, what makes them breach?"

Ahhhhhhh, the most common question whale watchers consistently ask. The answer is...... We don't know for sure!!

A full breach is known as the "big splash" or more scientifically as when more than two thirds of a whale’s body leaves the...Read more

December 17, 2015

Congratulations J28 Polaris!

Last night we were greeted with a happy confirmation from the Center from Whale Research, that our core staff here at San Juan Safaris had been hoping for since a staff jaunt out to San Juan Channel on December 1st.... A NEW CALF FOR J28 POLARIS!!

On December 1, with a report of whales...Read more

December 1, 2015

Last Whale Watches of the Season: 11/21 & 11/28

Captain Brian and I finished out a stellar whale watching season here in the San Juans by going five for five on whale sightings in November. These last two trips of the season we were privileged to spend sometime with humpback whales and clear skies! Humpback whales are considered to be the...Read more

November 12, 2015

November Wildlife at its Finest!

Yesterday the M/V Sea Lion headed out on the water for a private charter. I love being a part of hosting these private events, as we can totally taylor the trip for whatever the groups are most interested in. Yesterday our group wanted to find as much wildlife as we possibly could, and wildlife...Read more

November 1, 2015

Ringing in November Right! Orcas!

Today was one of the best trips I had all season. Captain Brian, Naturalist Mike and I set out from the dock without a single report determined to find some wildlife we set out North towards Spieden Island. When we reached the Wasp Islands just west of Orcas and Shaw Islands we received a report...Read more

October 29, 2015

Through the Eye of the Humpback-October 25th, 2015

Today the ol' Sea Lion had yet another whale of an adventure.

It was one of those days with no prior reports of whales out in the Salish Sea, but that certainly doesn't mean they aren't out there. After loading the boat with excited passengers, bundled up against the Autumn chill and...Read more

October 26, 2015

October Wildlife Bonanza!-October 24th, 2015

Today Captain Brian and I left the dock under perfectly Pacific Northwest cloudy skies with a boat full of passengers who, as usual, were excited to see the wildlife of the Salish Sea.

Captain Brian and I were particularly excited as well because we had heard reports of something that has...Read more

October 19, 2015

Young Humpback Antics-October 18th, 2015

Today October was showing it's true colors over the Salish Sea in the form of an incredibly serene mist that hung in the form of clouds over hilltops and muted all the normally seen colors. Not a breath of wind was felt on this classic Pacific Northwest morning in Friday Harbor, and...Read more

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