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Part 1: New Orca Whale Watching Rules Have Not Affected Kayak Trips in the San Juan Islands

We haven’t yet crunched the numbers, but it appears that new orca whale watching rules for the San Juan Islands of Washington have not had any impact on our killer whale watching kayak trips’ success rate this year. We will publish our June 2011 results in a few days so stay tuned our blog! Most of our kayaking encounters with the killer whales are admittedly at greater distances this year, but there are no...

YouTube Channel Videos: Kayaking San Juan Islands & Whale-Watching

Introducing our YouTube Channel for orca whale watching and kayaking San Juan Islands. Enjoy watching amazing professional videos of orcas and sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands of Washington state. Our first San Juan Islands kayaking video is a fantastic professionally produced short feature made for the National Geographic Channel featuring killer whales and our Expedition Director, Martine Springer. San Juan Islands Kayaking Videos on YouTube We have just begun posting high-quality videos...

Winter Kayaking in the San Juan Islands: Orca Whale Watching Report – Biggest Bull is Missing

It’s been a strange winter in the San Juan Islands of Washington state. Fickle weather and inaccurate forecasts have made it difficult to lead many kayak tours this season. Compared to the horrendous storms the rest of the country has suffered with, we have been fortunate to have much milder conditions in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. So it has been possible to go on several kayaking trips this winter in the San Juan...

Salmon Plan Threatens Orca Whales in the San Juan Islands

The federal government’s new plan to save salmon in Washington appears to be the typical politically-influenced poppycock that we’ve come to expect from the agencies in charge of saving salmon, orca whales, and our oceans. An intelligent salmon management plan for the Columbia River is critical to saving the threatened killer whales of the San Juan Islands and is mandated by law under the Endangered Species Act. Salmon and orca whale advocates recently asked...

September Report: Kayaking with Killer Whales in the San Juans – Farewell to Summer

September is a gorgeous month for kayaking in the San Juan Islands as it ranks as the third driest and warmest month of the year. September averages just a bit more than an inch of rain for the entire month so kayak camping expeditions are usually very comfortable. As the general tourism activities wind down after Labor Day, the San Juan Islands become a quiet escape for savvy kayakers. Killer whale watching activity in...

New Research on Sperm Whales & Albatrosses: Ocean Wanderers Can’t Hide from Pollution

Research Points to the Inescapable Dangers of Toxic Chemicals - Sperm Whale Study Even whales living in the remote Galapagos Islands appear to have been exposed to higher levels of pollutants than those in other areas of the Pacific, despite the islands isolation from cities and industry. New research, published this month in Environmental Health Perspectives, shows that persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including the insecticide DDT, travel in air and water currents around the...

August Report: Kayaking with Orcas in the San Juans – a Summer of Abundance!

August was another solid month for orca whale watching on our San Juan Islands kayak tours. Starting in June, we had an unbroken streak of daily killer whale activity in Washington’s Salish Sea that ran for 83 straight days until August 20th when they mysteriously disappeared. Fortunately, the orcas quickly returned after being absent for only two days. Despite the threats to their survival in our local waters, killer whale watching in the San...

Huge Salmon Runs Lead to Best Orca Whale Watching Kayak Tours Ever in San Juan Islands

Vast numbers of leaping silvery salmon have been a frequent sight this summer in the San Juan Islands, a scintillating abundance that we haven’t enjoyed for the past couple of decades. This year’s salmon productivity has led to lots of well-fed wildlife and a record-setting orca whale watching kayak season in the San Juans near Seattle, Washington. Killer whales were observed for 81 straight days in the Salish Sea until a brief two day...

Orca Whales in San Juan Islands Threatened by Increased Navy Sonar

While super quiet sea kayaks are now accused of being a threat to orca whales in the San Juan Islands by a misguided and misinformed National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the same agency remains silent about the US Navy plans to increase ocean warfare training and testing of new sonar devices in the killer whales’ home waters. The Navy readily admits that their testing and training affects 2.3 million marine mammals each year in...

July Report: Kayaking with Orcas in the San Juans – Cooler Waters are Good!

July was a great month for our killer whale watching kayak tours in the Salish Sea of Washington state. And our whale watching luck in the San Juan Islands has carried right through into August. As of August 17th the local orca whale pods have been sighted in the Salish Sea for 80 straight days - that must be a record! Our San Juan Islands kayaking tours found orcas almost every day in July,...


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