Looking into the Eye and the Mouth of the Whale

We have been seeing a lot of a young humpback whale (1 1/2 year old) that has been hanging around near Edmonds this fall.  On one recent occasion we watch this whale lunge feed at the surface about 30 times in a row!  On many of these lunges you could see right into the mouth and eyes of the whale!  … Read More

New 2019 Sighting of Rare Fin Whale in Salish Sea!

Passengers and crew onboard the Puget Sound Express whale watching vessel MV Glacier Spirit witnessed a rare whale sighting on Monday, September 9, 2019 in the Salish Sea, with the appearance of the second largest whale species on earth – the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus). The encounter occurred southwest of Dungeness Spit near Sequim, WA. The sighting of the fin … Read More

Lunge Feeding Humpback Whale

For over a week we watched a humpback whale lingering around the south end of Lopez Island on many of our trips from Edmonds and Port Townsend. This whale (temporary ID mmx6) was keen to lunge feed on bait fish congregating near the surface in this location. Here are a few pictures showing the lunge feeding in action, and you … Read More

Sometimes the Minke Whales Steal the Show!!

Sometimes minke whales steal the show from the orcas! On this particular day late last month we saw J-pod orcas off the west side of San Juan Island, but multiple minke whales put on an amazing show out at Hein Bank by lunge feeding at the surface.  We know everyone wants to see orcas but sometimes other species can be … Read More

T46 pod visits Seattle

Many people don’t know that we often see killer whales near Seattle, in Puget Sound. In fact these sightings are becoming more and more common, especially since the transient killer whales have plenty to eat in the area (seals, sea lions, and porpoise). Our departures from Edmonds are ideal when the whales are in the sound, and we are often … Read More

Meet the White (or Gray) Killer Whale!

There has been quite a buzz in the Salish Sea lately about the “white killer whale”!  We have been seeing a lot of this little white calf on our trips this season.  The calf was first seen in fall of 2018, but the unique coloration was not evident at that time because of poor lighting conditions, and it wasn’t until … Read More