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Whales & Wildlife Report: J-Pod Orcas Seen On Whale Watch & Crab Cruise – June 10th, 2016

We had a great day on Friday, having a great time watching members of J-pod (one of the three resident pods of Orca whales) during our whale watching tour, then again in the evening on our cracked crab dinner cruise. We had the bonus of seeing some of the younger members of the pod breaching repeatedly – what an experience! Today (Saturday) we are on our way to the islands with reports of a Humpback or two just outside of Friday Harbor. If you are looking to see whales this year, now’s the perfect time to go.

Whales & Wildlife Report: Resident & Transient Orcas + Humpbacks!

The season is off to a great start, with lots of sunshine, warm temperatures and great whale sightings. While the season got off to a slow start in early-to-mid May, it’s been excellent the past few weeks, with frequent sightings of transient Orca whales, Humpbacks, and now the resident Orcas (J, K and L pods) are back in the area. Our Deluxe Whale Watching Adventure Cruises are going every day, through the end of September, and we’re just about ready to start a new Half Day Whale Watching Tour on weekends aboard our newest vessel, the Chinook. It’s going to be a fun season – hope you can make it out on the water with us!

End Of Season Report – Lots Of Whales & Sunshine All Summer Long!

What an amazing season this was – the weather was close to perfect with lots of warm sunshine, but this was topped by the number of whale sightings. With the season over we saw whales on just over 95% of our cruises, and there was a great variety of whales to be seen as well. In addition to the three resident pods of Orca whales (J, K and L pods), we saw lots of transient Orcas, Minke whales, Humpback whales (especially in May and September), Gray whales and towards the end of the season we even saw a Fin whale a few times.

This season also saw the resident group grow by 5 – 4 of these babies just received names (Scarlet, Nova, Sonic and Windsong) and a fifth (L-122) was just born a few weeks ago and will be given a name soon.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on a tour this season – we’re already at work getting ready for next summer!

Whales & Wildlife Report: June 6-8 – Sunshine & Whales

There have been all sorts of whales active in the San Juan Islands over the last few days! Our boats have seen the local Orca pods, transient Orcas, Humpback whales and Minke whales as well. The combination of great wildlife viewing and spectacular sunny days has shown that summer is already here! Passengers have also had some great views of Bald Eagles, otters, seals and sea lions with Mt. Baker in the background. Join us out on the water and see for yourself! We are operating our Deluxe Whale Watching Tour that includes a northwest salmon lunch and a 2-hour port call in Friday Harbor every day.

Incredible Whale Sightings in May!

The Victoria Star has been out on our deluxe whale watching tour of the San Juan Islands on Saturdays and Sundays in May and has encountered a all sorts of whales throughout the islands! Last weekend we had a great show with a humpback whale off of Saturna Island and also found J-Pod off of False Bay on San Juan Island. Our resident Orca had one of their newborn calves with them and its mother was proudly pushing it up out of the water to show it off to our passengers! Sunday’s cruise was capped off with an extremely rare sighting of transient Orca whales inside Bellingham Bay. As the ship was returning to our Fairhaven dock, we were greeted by a group huge male killer whales looking for dinner! Captain Don “San Juan” Wight described them as “Just massive!”. We will continue to be running our deluxe whale tour featuring our Northwest salmon lunch and 2-hour port call in Friday Harbor on the weekends in May and everyday beginning June 1st. Come enjoy a day in the San Juan Islands with us!

A Beautiful Start To The 2015 Season!

We’ve had rainy, gray and windy weather often in the past – it’s always a possibility in the early weeks of May. This year was different though – yesterday we had warm, sunny skies with temperatures in the 70’s. Unfortunately we couldn’t find any whales, but lots of other wildlife including a group of porpoises. Today (Mother’s Day) isn’t quite as warm, but we were fortunately to find a Humpback whale up in the north end of the San Juans. With a sold out boat the pressure was on, but we were pleased to get a good view for our guests today. We’re only running weekends until Memorial Day weekend, so your next chance to go out with us will be next Saturday discover this.

Whales & Wildlife Report – June 13 & 14, 2014 – Orca & Humpback Whales

The past couple of days have been awesome – sightings of resident Orca group J-Pod yesterday, as well as a Humpback whale today outside of Friday Harbor (we happened to be the first boat on the scene today with the Humpback) project management web based.

Whales & Wildlife Report – June 8, 2014 – Transient Orca Whales

It was a decent day out in the San Juans yesterday, mostly sunny with just a bit of breeze towards the end of the day visit the site. We had a beautiful cruise up in the north end of the island, taking in some of the exotic wildlife on Spieden Island. Then, as we prepared to head south towards Friday Harbor for our shore visit, we found a group of transient Orca whales – what a thrill! The weekend has been incredible – we’ve seen resident and transient Orca whales, Minke whales and even Humpbacks!

Whales & Wildlife Report – June 7, 2014 – More Humpbacks

We had a great time yesterday on our Whale Watching Adventure cruise, having a wonderful opportunity to watch a couple of Humpback whales (a mom and a baby). There were several breaches and tail slaps, which were very exciting for our guests (and crew). They were out on the west side of San Juan Island, near Kellett Bluff and Henry Island.