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San Juan Islands Salmon Recovery Projects Will Benefit Orca Whales

A total of seven different local organizations will receive more than $1.4 million in funding to improve salmon habitat in the San Juan Islands of Washington, our main sea kayaking base. This is great news for our orca whales as their most important food source are salmon, especially locally bred chinook. All five species of Pacific salmon are now on the endangered species list in the lower 48 states, a situation that threatens our...

Rare Gray Orca Discovered on Whale Watching Tour in the San Juan Islands

Our friend Captain Jim Maya of Maya’s Westside Charters photographed a gray orca whale calf last week while operating a whale watching tour from San Juan Island. The baby killer whale was discovered south of Victoria in a family of transient-type orcas identified as the T-11 pod. Ken Balcomb at the Center for Whale Research believes that orca whales with this rare gray coloration are found about once a decade in the Salish Sea...

Hear Blue Whales Sing While Kayaking in Baja Mexico

Blue whales are the most exciting species that we see on our Baja kayaking trips in the Sea of Cortez of Mexico. Only a few thousand blue whales are believed to have survived the days of commercial whaling and they usually are found far from land. But the Blue Whale Triangle is a special place where they congregate close enough for whale watching from kayaks. Most people don’t realize that male blue whales “sing”...

Endangered Alaska Whales Gain Habitat Protection

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) took an important step toward protecting critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act for the Cook Inlet beluga whale in Alaska by proposing to designate more than 3,000 square miles of the threatened whale’s habitat for protection. In October 2008 NMFS listed the Cook Inlet beluga whale as endangered over the objections of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.  The Cook Inlet beluga whale is a genetically distinct and...

Humpback Whale Saves Seal from Orcas!

There are plenty of stories of dolphins saving humans. Authentic tales of dolphins assisting swimmers in distress are numerous. On the opposite side of popular mythology is the killer whale, the largest of all dolphins. Orcas are often erroneously depicted as dangerous to humans. But transient type killer whales do hunt other mammals, if not people. They have been reported eating a variety of seals, sea lions, smaller dolphins, porpoises, and even the largest...

Special 30% Price Discount for 2009 Baja Mexico Kayak Tours

We have decided to extend our price discount for our Baja Mexico kayak tours that we announced last week. The special sale is for our most popular Mexico kayak trip, the Sea of Cortez Blue Whale Triangle Kayak Tour, the world's best location to see a blue whale while kayaking! Until further notice you will receive a 30% discount on any Blue Whale Triangle Kayak Tour that departs in 2009 if your payments is...

Baja Mexico Kayak Tours Special Price Discount for 2009

For Thanksgiving Week we are announcing a special price discount for our Baja Mexico kayaking tours. The special sale is for our most popular Baja kayak tour, the Sea of Cortez Blue Whale Triangle Kayak Trip, the best location in the world to see a blue whale from a kayak! Send us your completed reservation form between the dates of November 20-30 and receive a 15% discount on any Blue Whale Triangle Kayak Tour...

Witness the Spectacular Leonid Meteor Shower on a Baja Kayak Tour!

The Leonids are arriving! Lucky participants of our Baja kayaking tours in mid-November could see a once in a lifetime show. The Leonids are famous for not only spectacular meteor showers but also “meteor storms”. Most meteor showers fluctuate from year to year, but the Leonids are particularly variable. Some years they produce only 5 to 10 meteors per hour. But at the Leonids' historical greatest in 1833, meteors were seen to fall "like...

Former Kayak Tour Guide Warns of Garbage Island in the Pacific Ocean

An island of floating plastic garbage twice the size of Texas is trapped within the current gyre in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. The trash originated from countries that ring the Pacific and is continuing to grow in size. The Algalita Marine Research Foundation has been studying the phenomenon for over a decade. Charles Moore of Algalita calls it the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and describes it as a "swirling plastic cesspool"....

Unusual Jelly Fish Seen on San Juan Islands Kayak Tour

This past weekend, on our one day San Juan Islands kayak tour, we found an unusual jelly fish that we have never before encountered in this area on our kayaking trips. As you can see from the photo, it was stunningly beautiful with an amber bell, purple stinging tentacles, and pink oral tentacles. It was about 8 inches in diameter and 2 feet long. It turned out to be a type of true jelly...


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