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

Whale Watch Report for 7/23: Orca Breath

Captain Pete Hanke tells us about the magic of fog, and how it provides a different type of whale watching experience. Listen to Pete’s report (mp3). Today, the fog is lifting a bit, and giving us a great view of Smith Island, which has a bald eagle nest right on the beach. The chick is just about ready to fly … Read More

Two Ships Passing…

Yesterday, our Friday Harbor ferry boat Glacier Spirit met up with our whale watching boat Olympus near Haro Strait off of San Juan Island. Always a treat when we can say hello to one another. The blue skies and calm seas are what we have been gifted with so far this summer. One of the best boating seasons in recent … Read More