Minke Whales prevail at Partridge Bank

This year Partridge Bank, located on the eastern side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, has been a real hotspot for minke whale sightings.  The bank is located in an ideal spot for us to visit on all our boats that depart from both Port Townsend and Edmonds.  Bird activity has been a good indicator of where the bait … Read More

June 27 ‘Exotic’ Transient Orca Encounter

Its not everyday we get visited by what are known as “Exotic” transient (Bigg’s) killer whales/orcas. The exotics are those that often have only been seen once and, sometimes, not for many years. On June 27, 2018, Captain Christopher was surprised when he found a pod on our way home near Smith Island in the eastern Strait of Juan de … Read More

Be A Part of 2018 Port Townsend Orca Fest

Celebration – Education – Ceremony – Adventure June 23, 2018 Port Townsend Marine Science Center & Fort Worden State Park The Port Townsend Orca Festival is an annual tradition of celebrating the ecosystems that make up the Salish Sea, and deepening our relationship and responsibility to them. Bringing together whale experts, educators, artists and community, the day offers education, exploration … Read More

Lunge Feeding Minke Whale

Minke whales have been busy lately lunge feeding on schools of fish known as bait balls. Check out this lunge action!

Video of T65A Orca Pod Vocalizing Post-Kill

Video taken April 30, 2018 by Puget Sound Express Naturalist Renee Beitzel. In addition to seeing the T65As today, we also were able to hear them on our hydrophone. Normally, transient killer whales are silent when hunting and with good reason. They hunt marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even larger whales that can hear them, so stealth … Read More

More photos of the new T65A6 Calf

  T65A6 surfaces right next to Mom (T65A)We had another great visit with the T65A pod in Dabob Bay again today from Chilkat Express.  Here are some new photos of the new calf having some fun with the family.  Naturalist, Bart Rulon