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Abundant Whales and Wildlife in the Salish Sea

As spring gives way to summer, crew and passengers are reveling in the abundance of whales and wildlife we are seeing in the Salish Sea. An illustration: on our May 18th whale watching cruise aboard Glacier Spirit, volunteer naturalist Jill Hein reports: “From the west side of Whidbey Island to the west side of Smith Island, we found a gray … Read More

2019 Gray Whale Season Underway!

The 2019 Gray Whale season is underway in the Salish Sea. The weather has been glorious, and so have the whales! As of March 19, 2019 our current census of gray whales is 9. These whales are a group known as the ‘Sounders’ who divert from their Mexico-Alaska migration to come into Puget Sound and feed on ghost shrimp. CRC#531 … Read More

December Starts with lots of Variety

December certainly started out with a bang for us this year. We’ve had a great variety of whales to watch so far. J and K pod have visited us in Puget Sound, as they often do in the fall and winter. They are here hunting Chum salmon which are the last species of salmon to migrate back to their native … Read More

Transient Killer Whale Superpod!

Puget Sound Express had a fantastic experience with a superpod of transient killer whales on November 24 2018 near the border of Canada. Multiple families of these “marine mammal eating” orcas were traveling together including the T35A pod, T38A pod, T49A pod, T123 pod, and some exotic transients normally seen off the coast of California including the CA172 pod, CA173 … Read More

New Calf Seen with the T46C Pod

The T46 and T46C pods swam into Puget Sound recently and we had great views of them on November 2 and 3 during our tours from Edmonds. November 3 was pretty special because we found both of these pods within 20 minutes of leaving our dock in Edmonds.  It was a true highlight to see a brand new calf traveling … Read More

Puget Sound Express Sees New T123 Orca Calf

Puget Sound Express was thrilled to encounter a new orca family member on October 11, 2018. We had heard reports that a new orca calf had been born in the transient T123 pod. So it was with great joy that as we neared Henry Island in the San Juan Islands, we caught our first glimpse of the week-old new orca … Read More