Customer Photo: Blue Orca

While the orca might not be blue, the water sure was when A. Peth took this photo during one of our recent whale watching tours. In this photo you can really see the unique markings that scientists use to identify individual pod members. Thanks A. Peth! You can view more of her work – which includes some interesting visual poetry … Read More

Customer Photo: Orcas in the Mist

Originally uploaded by SunrisePhotography.org One of our recent customers – sunrisephotography.org – just posted some great photos from yesterday’s whale watching cruise. Thanks for sharing! You can view more on their Flickr site.

Share Your Whale Watching Photos

These days virtually everyone who comes on one of our Whale Watching tours or San Juan Ferry trips gets on the boat with a camera. In many cases–more than one! It is great to see how much people enjoy documenting their trip. What is also great is that if you do take photos and/or videos of on your trip with … Read More

Whale Watch Report for 8/3: L-Pod Tries to Save Porpoise

An interesting day with the L-12 sub-pod off of Whidbey Naval Air Station. A small, newborn harbor porpoise in distress came into the orcas’ territory, and two females spent the morning trying to help the struggling newborn breathe by cradling the porpoise and trying to get it to stay above the water. Here is a photo we took as this … Read More

Where Puget Sound Meets the Strait

Today on the water, the fog is burning off, giving way to sunshine as we head towards Bellingham to visit the orcas. As we passed through Admiralty Inlet and Whidbey Island (see photo, right), I recorded the talk I gave to our passengers on the Olympus about the intricacies of navigating the complex currents that link Puget Sound and the … Read More

PS Express: A Family on the Water

We’re now bringing the third generation of Hanke’s out onto the waters of Puget Sound. Here is a photo of me and my daughter Sarah heading for J-Pod off of Iceberg Point. Most days, you can find my son Chris at the helm of one of our boats. I love spending time with them; their passion for our customers and … Read More