Bigg's Killer Whales in the San Juan Islands

Naturalist Olivia | M/V Sea Hawk | August 22nd, 2020 | 13:00

What a day on Sea Hawk! It was so refreshing to have a sunny, calm day out in the Salish Sea- did I mention it was warm? We left the dock with two options of Killer Whales in our waters [YAY!] and had to make a decision if we were heading north or heading south. After receiving word from colleagues in the Pacific Whale Watch Association, the family group far to the south had turned east out of range of our vessel leaving Roche Harbor. Therefore, we started the long haul heading north in hopes to see one of our favorite families.

After passing Matia Island, near Lummi Island, we finally caught sight of the T065A’s traveling with two individuals from the T137’s. We had amazing views of these whales traveling, rolling, breathing, and we even witnessed T065A2 with a porpoise in his mouth! So cool! We eventually peeled off heading back inland. We passed heaps of Harbor Porpoise and swimming Harbor Seals along the way.

Warm, beautiful days like this make it all the more fulfilling after seeing Bigg’s Killer Whales, and the islands that home them. Captain Sarah and I were so delighted to be able to provide a Transient Killer Whale experience for not only our youngest, most curious mind, but also a birthday girl and another couple who was married the day before. These moments matter, and at San Juan Outfitters, we do our best to be able to share them.