Meet the Whales!
WHALES FREQUENTLY SEEN IN THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS
Orca Whale (aka Killer Whale)
3 resident pods (J, K & L pods) live in the region year-round and primarily feed on salmon, cod and herring. Transient Orca whales pass through the islands frequently, feeding on seals, sea lions and fish. They measure up to 32 feet in length and weigh up to 11 tons.
A baleen whale measuring 24 feet in length on average and weighing about 4-5 tons.
Large baleen whale measuring up to 52 feet in length and weighing up to 40 tons, these giants are known for their spectacular breaches.
Gray whales measure up to 50 feet in length and weigh up to 40 tons, and are often seen early and late during our whale watching season as they migrate past Washington state.
With black and white coloring similar to Orca whales, these porpoises measure up to 8 feet in length, weigh up to 500 pounds, and primarily eat small fish.
RECENT WHALE SIGHTINGS
- Photos From August 12th Whale Watching Tour: It’s been an amazing period of whale watching – great, sunny weather combined with lots of Orca and Humpback whale sightings. Thanks to former crew member Eric Creitz, who came aboard our August 12th tour and shared these photos with us.... (read more)
- Photos From July 24th Whale Watching Tour: One of our passengers, Erich T., sent us some great photos from our whale watching tour this past Sunday. It was a great, sunny day in the San Juans, with lots of whales seen. ... (read more)
- Whales & Wildlife Report – Orcas, Humpbacks & Minkes! 7-24-16: It’s been a great week of whale watching, with lots of whales seen, and we finally have great summer weather, with sun and temperatures in the low 80’s. A perfect time to be out in the San Juans! This week we’ve seen a great variety of whales, resident and transient Orcas, playful Minke whales, and … Continue reading Whales & Wildlife Report – Orcas, Humpbacks & Minkes! 7-24-16 ... (read more)
- Whales & Wildlife Report: Whale Watching Season In Full Swing With Lots Of Great Sightings In July: It’s been a spectacular season so far, with lots of great Orca and Humpback whale sightings, with several days that we’ve had multiple sightings. Summer weather has finally arrived as well, so now is really a great time to go out to the islands on a whale watching cruise. Our deluxe and half-day whale watching … Continue reading Whales & Wildlife Report: Whale Watching Season In Full Swing With Lots Of Great Sightings In July ... (read more)