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Seattle, WA -- Jun 16, 2019

Great Fathers' Day outing for the whole family! We are open till 5 pm, free admission. New in our gift shop, metal yard art by Eckhardt Ullrich of Black Diamond. ... See MoreSee Less

Great Fathers Day outing for the whole family!  We are open till 5 pm, free admission.  New in our gift shop, metal yard art by Eckhardt Ullrich of Black Diamond.

The Whale Trail shared an album.
The Whale Trail

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

This weekend we celebrated orcas at Cape Disappointment State Park, where the mighty Columbia and the Pacific Ocean meet. In the afternoon we created an orca collage, learned about matrilines, and played Orca Bingo. In the evening we learned about gray whales and southern residents, the full recovery of one population an inspiration for the other. The only whales we saw that day were three feet high, wearing orca costumes and running across the lawn, shouting "I'm an Orca! I'm an Orca!" Thank to Hannah and her family for the sheer and contagious joy!The first ever Orca Day was co-hosted by The Whale Trail and Washington State Parks. Thanks to everyone who attended; to Butch Smith and John Calambokidis for speaking; to Stephen Wood and everyone at the Park for the awesome support, to Peggy Cumming and Stephen Rink and Kris Cooper for volunteering, and to WDFW for sponsoring. We're already making plans for next year! If you go...so much to see on the Long Beach Peninsula! Don't miss the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, the Port of Ilwaco, or the whale sculpture and skeleton at Long Beach. Miles of beach and boardwalk to explore. Go bird watching on Willapa Bay, and try the super delicious cranberry ice cream at the Cranberry Museum. And keep your eye on the horizon for spouts! Orcas surprised Butch the next day while he was fishing. A tiny bit late for Orca Day - we'll synch it up better next year! ... See MoreSee Less

This weekend we celebrated orcas at Cape Disappointment State Park, where the mighty Columbia and the Pacific Ocean meet. In the afternoon we created an orca collage, learned about matrilines, and played Orca Bingo. In the evening we learned about gray whales and southern residents, the full recovery of one population an inspiration for the other. 

The only whales we saw that day were three feet high, wearing orca costumes and running across the lawn, shouting Im an Orca! Im an Orca! Thank to Hannah and her family for the sheer and contagious joy!

The first ever Orca Day was co-hosted by The Whale Trail and Washington State Parks. Thanks to everyone who attended; to Butch Smith and John Calambokidis for speaking; to Stephen Wood and everyone at the Park for the awesome support, to Peggy Cumming and Stephen Rink and Kris Cooper for volunteering, and to WDFW for sponsoring. Were already making plans for next year! 

If you go...so much to see on the Long Beach Peninsula! Dont miss the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, the Port of Ilwaco, or the whale sculpture and skeleton at Long Beach. Miles of beach and boardwalk to explore. Go bird watching on Willapa Bay, and try the super delicious cranberry ice cream at the Cranberry Museum. 

And keep your eye on the horizon for spouts! Orcas surprised Butch the next day while he was fishing. A tiny bit late for Orca Day - well synch it up better next year!
The Whale Trail added 17 new photos — at Cape Disappointment State Park.
The Whale Trail

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

This weekend we celebrated orcas at Cape Disappointment State Park, where the mighty Columbia and the Pacific Ocean meet. In the afternoon we created an orca collage, learned about matrilines, and played Orca Bingo. In the evening we learned about gray whales and southern residents, and next steps to recovering J K and L pods. The only whales we saw that day were three feet high, wearing orca costumes and running across the lawn, shouting "I'm an Orca! I'm an Orca!" The first ever Orca Day was co-hosted by The Whale Trail and Washington State Parks. Thanks to everyone who attended; to Butch and John for speaking; to Stephen and everyone at the Park for the awesome support, to Peggy and Stephen and Kris for volunteering, and to WDFW for sponsoring. Thanks especially to Hannah for the sheer orca joy. We're already making plans for next year!If you go...so much to see on the Long Beach Peninsula! Don't miss the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, the Port of Ilwaco, or the whale sculpture and skeleton at Long Beach. Miles of beach and boardwalk to explore. Go bird watching on Willapa Bay, and try the super delicious cranberry ice cream at the Cranberry Museum.And keep your eye on the horizon for spouts! Orcas surprised our friend Butch the next day while he was fishing. A tiny bit late for Orca Day - we'll synch it up better next year! ... See MoreSee Less

This weekend we celebrated orcas at Cape Disappointment State Park, where the mighty Columbia and the Pacific Ocean meet. In the afternoon we created an orca collage, learned about matrilines, and played Orca Bingo. In the evening we learned about gray whales and southern residents, and next steps to recovering J K and L pods. The only whales we saw that day were three feet high, wearing orca costumes and running across the lawn, shouting Im an Orca! Im an Orca! 

The first ever Orca Day was co-hosted by The Whale Trail and Washington State Parks. Thanks to everyone who attended; to Butch and John for speaking; to Stephen and everyone at the Park for the awesome support, to Peggy and Stephen and Kris for volunteering, and to WDFW for sponsoring. Thanks especially to Hannah for the sheer orca joy. Were already making plans for next year!

If you go...so much to see on the Long Beach Peninsula! Dont miss the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, the Port of Ilwaco, or the whale sculpture and skeleton at Long Beach. Miles of  beach and boardwalk to explore. Go bird watching on Willapa Bay, and try the super delicious cranberry ice cream at the Cranberry Museum.

And keep your eye on the horizon for spouts! Orcas surprised our friend Butch the next day while he was fishing. A tiny bit late for Orca Day - well synch it up better next year!
Western Prince Whale Watching added 11 new photos.
Western Prince Whale Watching

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

Images from the Western Prince II from Naturalist Elah. We had a spectacular day on the water! We saw two humpback whales just outside Friday Harbor. These two, nicknamed Heather and Raptor, spent an afternoon cruising down San Juan Channel, spending a lot of time at the surface. Then we got a report of Bigg's Killer Whales making their way down the other side of San Juan Island. We met up with the T49A family as they passed the famous Lime Kiln Lighthouse and began to travel further offshore. We got some incredible looks before moving on. We were so lucky to end our trip with a number of burly, sun tanning Steller Sea Lions and even more time with the two humpback whales! Summer is just starting to kick off in San Juan Island. ... See MoreSee Less

Images from the Western Prince II from Naturalist Elah. 
We had a spectacular day on the water!  We saw two humpback whales just outside Friday Harbor.  These two, nicknamed Heather and Raptor, spent an afternoon cruising down San Juan Channel, spending a lot of time at the surface.  Then we got a report of Biggs Killer Whales making their way down the other side of San Juan Island.  We met up with the T49A family as they passed the famous Lime Kiln Lighthouse and began to travel further offshore.  We got some incredible looks before moving on.  We were so lucky to end our trip with a number of burly, sun tanning Steller Sea Lions and even more time with the two humpback whales!  Summer is just starting to kick off in San Juan Island.
Western Prince Whale Watching added 13 new photos.
Western Prince Whale Watching

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

Images taken aboard the Western Explorer II by Naturalist Rayne. ... See MoreSee Less

Images taken aboard the Western Explorer II by Naturalist Rayne.
Western Prince Whale Watching added 11 new photos.
Western Prince Whale Watching

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

Images from Naturalist Nan on the Western Prince IIOn this spectacular June morning we headed off into San Juan Channel to search for wildlife. Headed south initially, we got a report of better weather and interesting wildlife to the north. Away we motored, and soon wound up viewing three adult Bald eagles high in the trees of Spieden Island. We continued on to discover many Harbor seals hauled out on rocky outcroppings around the Cactus Islands! (yes, you can find cactus in the San Juan Islands!) Within the next hour we found two Humpback whales moving north in Haro Strait. We were able to travel along for an hour as we watched this pair of amazing Humpback whales transiting the strait. What a great whale watch trip!Oh, did I mention...sunny skies and flat water?! ... See MoreSee Less

Images from Naturalist Nan on the Western Prince II

On this spectacular June morning we headed off into San Juan Channel to search for wildlife. Headed south initially, we got a report of better weather and interesting wildlife to the north. Away we motored, and soon wound up viewing three adult Bald eagles high in the trees of Spieden Island. We continued on to discover many Harbor seals hauled out on rocky outcroppings around the Cactus Islands! (yes, you can find cactus in the San Juan Islands!) Within the next hour we found two Humpback whales moving north in Haro Strait. We were able to travel along for an hour as we watched this pair of amazing Humpback whales transiting the strait. What a great whale watch trip!
Oh, did I mention...sunny skies and flat water?!
Western Prince Whale Watching added 6 new photos.
Western Prince Whale Watching

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

Images from Naturalist Rayne on the Western Prince II! What a beautiful day on the Western Prince II. We traveled north into Canada, and were lucky enough to explore Tumbo Channel. We saw the T49As, a family of 5 killer whales. We even saw a spyhop from T49A1! ... See MoreSee Less

Images from Naturalist Rayne on the Western Prince II! 
What a beautiful day on the Western Prince II. We traveled north into Canada, and were lucky enough to explore Tumbo Channel. We saw the T49As, a family of 5 killer whales. We even saw a spyhop from T49A1!
Western Prince Whale Watching added 6 new photos.
Western Prince Whale Watching

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

Images from Naturalist Nina on the Western Prince II. ... See MoreSee Less

Images from Naturalist Nina on the Western Prince II.
Western Prince Whale Watching added 6 new photos.
Western Prince Whale Watching

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

Images from Naturalist Nina on the Western Prince II! ... See MoreSee Less

Images from Naturalist Nina on the Western Prince II!
Western Prince Whale Watching added 8 new photos.
Western Prince Whale Watching

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

Images from Naturalist Elah on the Western Prince II! What a spectacular and sun filled day out on the water! We were lucky enough to have a family of marine mammal feeding killer whales close to Friday Harbor. The T123 family is comprised of mom and her three kiddos. They were traveling south until they decided to stop for lunch! The whole family hunted a harbor seal and we got to watch some playful tail lobs and even a couple of spyhops! We also had wonderful looks at some Steller Sea Lions, Harbor Seals and a pair of Bald Eagles. ... See MoreSee Less

Images from Naturalist Elah on the Western Prince II! 
What a spectacular and sun filled day out on the water! We were lucky enough to have a family of marine mammal feeding killer whales close to Friday Harbor. The T123 family is comprised of mom and her three kiddos.  They were traveling south until they decided to stop for lunch!  The whole family hunted a harbor seal and we got to watch some playful tail lobs and even a couple of spyhops!  We also had wonderful looks at some Steller Sea Lions, Harbor Seals and a pair of Bald Eagles.

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

Gray whale in Port Susan:Reminder if on the water to please GO SLOW and KEEP 100 YARDS distance. We have had multiple reports of at least one Gray Whale in Port Susan in the last couple of hours the most recent at 1:30PM of a gray mid channel heading north into Port Susan from the Camano Head area. Earlier Report about 10:30 had a Gray heading south from Tulare Beach. No photo ID at this point.John C Storbeck ... See MoreSee Less

Seattle, WA -- Jun 17, 2019

We had an awesome whale watching encounter on Saturday with the T137 family of Bigg's orcas between Point Defiance and the Tacoma Narrows hunting Harbor Seals left, right, and especially close to shore. Photos by PSE Naturalist Justine Buckmaster. ... See MoreSee Less

We had an awesome whale watching encounter on Saturday with the T137 family of Biggs orcas between Point Defiance and the Tacoma Narrows hunting Harbor Seals left, right, and especially close to shore. Photos by PSE Naturalist Justine Buckmaster.

Seattle, WA -- Jun 16, 2019

Orcas in Puget Sound. Sorry we were busy w/other things when a morning sighting came in, but they've been reported again in southern Puget Sound. - GO SLOW & KEEP 200 YARDS (Be Whale Wise & Viewpoints Map links in comments)- KEEP COMMENTS TO SIGHTINGS UPDATES ONLY (helps keep updates easier to find and collect - others may be deleted) 15:34 - Orca pod in Henderson Bay right now near Gig Harbor. Chris Reed ... See MoreSee Less

Seattle, WA -- Jun 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day from the San Juans! If you're still looking for the perfect gift, look no further. Give us a call to book your whale watching adventure! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Fathers Day from the San Juans! If youre still looking for the perfect gift, look no further. Give us a call to book your whale watching adventure!

Seattle, WA -- Jun 15, 2019

Our girl is BACK! Welcome home, Big Mama! 💙🐋blog.island-adventures.com/2019/06/june-14-2019.html ... See MoreSee Less

Our girl is BACK!  Welcome home, Big Mama! 💙🐋

http://blog.island-adventures.com/2019/06/june-14-2019.html

Seattle, WA -- Jun 15, 2019

From visitor posts:Likely gray whale near Everett in Snohomish River delta approximately 3 pm; and4:05 pm, Saturday. Humpback heading south near Bush Point about 100 yards from shore ... See MoreSee Less

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