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
- Whales & Wildlife Report: A Season Of Great Transient Orca Whale Sightings: It’s been an amazing, and interesting whale watching season so far. Our success rate for seeing whales on our whale watching tours has never been better – since we started in early May we have seen whales on nearly 98% of our tours. While we have occasionally seen the resident pods of orca whales, most … Continue reading Whales & Wildlife Report: A Season Of Great Transient Orca Whale Sightings ... (read more)
- Whales & Wildlife Report: Transient Orca Whales On Bellingham Bay (T65A’s) – 6/23/17: Today we were fortunate to have an amazing morning with a group of transient orca whales (T65A’s) only 20 minutes after leaving the dock. We were the first vessel with them, meeting up with them in the waters between Lummi and Eliza Islands. There were 5 adults and a baby – all were quite playful … Continue reading Whales & Wildlife Report: Transient Orca Whales On Bellingham Bay (T65A’s) – 6/23/17 ... (read more)
- An Unforgettable Day Of Orca & Humpback Whales In The San Juans: I started working for San Juan Cruises as finals week was wrapping up, not really knowing what I was getting into. As a student at Western Washington University, I was looking for a fun summer job so I could stay in Bellingham for summer break. I had never been whale watching before applying, so I … Continue reading An Unforgettable Day Of Orca & Humpback Whales In The San Juans ... (read more)
- Whales & Wildlife Report: A Great Weekend Of Humpback Whale Sightings: This weekend was a reminder that summer isn’t too far away – beautiful sunny weather in the San Juans, the perfect setting for whale watching. Saturday and Sunday were all about humpback whales – we had great sightings both days up north of Patos Island, very close to the Canadian border. We have a few … Continue reading Whales & Wildlife Report: A Great Weekend Of Humpback Whale Sightings ... (read more)