What You Might See On Your Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour

The Salish Sea is one of the most diversified ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest, and is considered one of the most biologically rich inland seas in the world. Measuring more than 6,500 sq miles, the Salish Sea is the second largest estuary in the United States, and is home to some 3,000 species of marine invertebrates, 37 species of mammals, 172 species of birds, and 247 species of fish!

Among the species you might expect to see on our tours are:

  • Resident Orcas (fish eating)
  • Transient Orcas (mammal eating)
  • Humpback Whales
  • Minke Whales
  • Grey Whales
  • Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
  • Harbor Porpoise
  • Dall’s Porpoise
  • Harbor Seals
  • Elephant Seals
  • Sea Lions
  • River Otters
  • Some of the 172 bird species, including Bald Eagles

San Juan Islands Wildlife

Marine life isn’t all we encounter on our whale watch and wildlife tours. Terrestrial mammals such as black tail deer, Sika Deer, Mouflon Sheep, Fox and Mink are also sometimes seen along the shoreline as well.

San Juan County has one of the largest Bald Eagle populations in the United States. The Islands are rich in migratory and resident bird species. We often see Great Blue Herons, raptors, cormorants and a variety of sea birds. There is enough diversity year-round to keep avid and amateur birders excited!

Bald eagle
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