We Witness Gray Whale Encounter With Orcas

Yesterday was a big day on the water. Puget Sound Express passengers got to see a rare encounter between gray whales and orcas. Details of the encounter were shared by Kitsap Sun writer Christopher Dunagan, and photos were posted on Flickr by passenger Patrick Downs. Captain Erick Peirson was attempting to locate two adult gray whales traveling with a younger … Read More

Exploring Killer Whale Acoustics

Last week I had the pleasure of delivering the Tuesday lecture to the marine biology class at the University of Puget Sound. Every September Professor Joel Elliott brings his students up from Tacoma for an on-the-water field lab, but this was the first time I got to follow up with an in-class session. Although I got a bit carried away … Read More

Welcome Erick Peirson

We would like to take a moment and welcome Erick Peirson to the blog. If you’ve taken a ride with us in the last two years, it is very possible that Erick was your captain. He started out in whale watching in 2004 working as a naturalist, before heading to the captain’s chair in 2008. Fortunately for his passengers, he … 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

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