Orcas Returning to Puget Sound

On Labor Day, we were pleased to see the J-Pod orcas back in Puget Sound – right off of Whidbey Island. Puget Sound waters were the historic feeding grounds for some of the resident pods. However, once orcas were routinely captured in the 1970s for aquariums, they stopped coming to Puget Sound. Only recently have they begun to test the … Read More

Transient Orcas Teach Young to Hunt

On a recent trip, our guests were able to witness something special. A group of transient orcas–these are whales that are not part of the resident J, K, and L pods–were spotted off of Point Partridge teaching young members of the pod to hunt sea lions. I recorded a podcast describing how this teaching occurs: Podcast: Transients Teach Young Orca … Read More

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