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My Chance Encounter with a Humpback Whale

September 30, 2015

Growing up in rural Alberta didn’t offer a lot in the way of animal encounters. The only wildlife common to the prairies of my youth were gophers, deer, coyotes and the occasional moose. However, my sense of wonder about animals wasn’t extinguished – in fact the opposite was true. I became obsessed with whales. Orcas […]

Transient & Resident Orcas – September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015

Calm seas greeted us this morning as we ventured out on the Juan De Fuca Strait. We turned East towards the San Juan Islands and were lucky enough to encounter a group of Transient Orca’s in the middle of the Haro Strait. We were able to identify them as the T60’s. This group is led […]

Transients, Residents, Humpbacks and a Minke! – September 27, 2015

September 27, 2015

The morning trip began with reports of Transient Orcas in the Juan De Fuca Strait. The crew and guests were feeling optimistic and were not disappointed! We ran into a group of 5 whales who seemed to be having a great morning, spending much of their time at the surface rolling around! Normally transients are […]

Resident Orcas & Humpback Whale – September 26, 2015

September 26, 2015

In was a glorious morning to be on the water as we headed east to San Juan Island. The seas were glass-like and we were able to shut off our boat and watch Southern Resident orcas as they made their way North along the island’s coastline. As we listened to the whales breathe when they […]

Transient Orcas – September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015

This morning began with calm waters as we headed out East towards the San Juan Islands in search of some orcas. Upon reaching Andrews Bay, we were lucky enough to encounter a group of Transient Orcas! Transients feed on marine mammals and are typically found in smaller groups. As we approached the scene, the orcas […]

Transient Orcas – September 24, 2015

September 24, 2015

With another beautiful sunny morning greeting us along with calm seas, we began our trip heading south into the Juan de Fuca Strait. So far September has been an absolutely fantastic month for sightings and today did not disappoint. Several puffs of mist caught our eye as we traveled, and as we approached we quickly […]

L-Pod Orcas – September 23, 2015

September 23, 2015

This morning reports came of Orcas near San Juan Island. We found them near the Lyme Kiln Light house as they were slowly heading North. We quickly identified these whales as L-Pod as we almost immediately saw Crewser (L-92) who is unique in having a hook shaped curve at the top of his dorsal fin. […]

K & L-Pod Orcas – September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015

This beautiful, sunny morning we headed out toward San Juan Island with residents in the reports. We arrived to find member of K-Pod milling around in search of salmon. We were able to identify member of the K-13 matriline. Resident Killer whales travel in matrilines which consist of a mother, her children and her grandchildren. […]




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