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

Whale Watching Report for 7/22/09: K-Pod

Weather continues to be fantastic. We had a great day spending some time with two whales on the west side of San Juan Island; Cappuccino and his mother Raggedy. These orca whales are both members of K-Pod, and they were traveling northbound up Haro Strait, right in front of the Center for Whale Research. A beautiful day.

2009: An Epic Summer

We are truly in the midst of an epic summer here in Port Townsend. The weather has been terrific all season (today we’ll reach the 80s with no clouds as far the eye can see), and our ferry and whale watching customers are having excellent trips. Between the weather, calm seas, and multiple superpod gatherings of orcas – it is … Read More