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Orca calf stranded in Canadian lagoon for more than a month swims out

Orca Calf Stranded in Canadian Lagoon for Over a Month Successfully Swims to Freedom

ZEBALLOS, BC — In a heartening turn of events, Kʷiisaḥiʔis, a 2-year-old orca calf stranded ...

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First Humpback Whale Calf of the Year Spotted Near Washington Island: Watch as It Swims Alongside Its Mother

In the vast expanse of the Salish Sea off Washington, the inaugural sighting of the ...

Hidden Toxins Threaten Orca Whales in the San Juan Islands

We are enjoying an excellent summer for whale-watching kayak tours in the San Juan Islands. ...

Orca Whale Spyhops to Examine a Kayak Tour

Orca Whales Return to Kayaking Routes along San Juan Island, Washington

We’ve been enjoying numerous whale watching encounters on our kayak tours in the San Juan ...

Killer Whale Satellite Tagging in Washington Puts Endangered Species at Risk

The controversial satellite tagging of killer whales in Washington has ended for 2013. We have ...

Orca Whale Darting Begins Badly in the San Juan Islands of Washington

Our last blog entry discussed the dangers from a new study that involves dart tagging ...

San Juan Islands Killer Whales at Risk to New Invasive Darting Study

A new orca whale research project for the San Juan Islands of Washington has just ...

Washington Kayakers & Orca Whale Watchers Celebrate Victory for Salmon Conservation

People who enjoy orca whale watching and kayaking in Washington’s Salish Sea rejoiced at yesterday’s ...

Part 3: Federal Management of Killer Whales in San Juan Islands is Failing – Not Based on Science

NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service) claims their new orca whale watching regulations for kayakers and ...

Part 2: New Kayaking with Killer Whales Rules in the San Juan Islands are Arbitrary & Hypocritical

The new whale watching rules we discussed in our previous article apply to kayaks and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Noisy Ocean Forces Whales to “Yell” But Kayaking with Orcas is Silent

To contend with the ever increasing level of noise in the oceans, North Atlantic right ...

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Fates Entangled – Humpback Whales and Herring in our Kayaking Waters

Here is a fishy tale of two species at the opposite end of the biological ...

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More Gray Whale Deaths Noted in Washington’s Salish Sea

A total of five gray whales have perished in the waters surrounding the San Juan ...

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Spring Gray Whale Watching & Deaths in Puget Sound, Washington

Each spring around 20,000 gray whales migrate north from Mexico along the Pacific coast of ...

GRAY WHALES KILLED BY ORCAS NEAR SEATTLE

Gray Whales Killed by Orcas near Seattle, Washington?

Seven gray whales have been observed from the northern Puget Sound up to the San ...

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Oldsquaws Seen on San Juan Islands Kayak Tours

“Oldsquaw” is a word that may catch a few eyes in this age of political ...

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Killer Whale Birth in San Juan Islands – Population Highest in 5 Years

The latest confirmed birth, recorded on February 21 in L-pod, brings the “southern resident” killer ...

CAPTIVE ORCA WHALES RELEASED

San Juan Islands Kayak Tour Guides Want Captive Orca Whales Released

 Sea Quest Kayak Tours guides call for all aquariums to release their captive orca whales ...

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Orcas Whales are Two Species & Only One is a “Killer”

Unknown to most whale watchers and kayak tour participants, killer whales in the San Juan ...

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