orca whales in the san juan islands

When is the best time to see whales in the San Juan Islands?

The southern resident pods of Orca whales currently number over 80 individually identified whales in three separate pods. They are generally found in the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands between May and October when salmon, their primary prey, come from the ocean to spawn in either the Fraser River

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Stimulus Money Used in the San Juan Islands for Net Removal

In the past 30 years, old fishing gill nets that have sunk to the sea floor are estimated to be responsible for the injuries or deaths of 30,000 birds, 110,000 fish and almost 2 million invertebrates. But, thanks to federal stimulus money under the Obama administration, removal of these silent

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Island Newbie

I am a Pacific Northwest newbie. Jobs, vacations, family and love have kept me moving far and wide throughout the US and the world, but never to this region. Well, unless you count a visit to Uncle Ed’s house in Oregon when I was five…since I don’t remember it all

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Women on the Water June 30th-July 2nd

I could feel a few butterflies fluttering around in my stomach as Laura, Nikken, and I drove into Friday Harbor to meet our first Women on the Water (WOW) guests of the season. Anxious? Excited? Super-excited? I was definitely a mixture of all of the above when we picked up

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Resident Orcas Listed As Endangered

In November 2005 the NOAA Fisheries made the announcement that the Southern Resident Orcas had been placed on the federal endangered species list. Now, the Fisheries Service by law must designate “critical habitat” for the orcas as well as complete a recovery plan that defines the risk to the whales

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