The majority of the whales seen in the San Juan Islands are orcas (or also known as “killer whales”).
Three pods, knows as the “Southern Residents” are typically here from mid-April to early October, but your best chance to see them is from late May through September, but some pods have been know to stick around all year.
On your Orcas orca whale watching tour, you may see not only orca whales, but different species of whales: gray, minke, and humpback whales also visit these waters, not to mention seals, porpoises, sea lions, otters, bald eagles, and numerous seabirds (great blue herons, rhino auklets, surf scoters and maybe, if you’re really lucky – puffins).
You’ll aquire a whole new cetacean-centric vocabulary… spyhops, breaches, and single and double tail lobs.
On some whale watch tours, you’ll hear via hydrophone the whales calling to one another and most boats have an onboard naturalist to explain what you’rehearing seeing.