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.

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

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.

Whale Watching Report for 7/15/09: Superpod

Captain Pete Hanke discusses another sighting of an orca superpod in Puget Sound. This time, enhanced by the magic and mist of fog. Listen to Pete’s Audio Report (114 KB)