Trip Reports & Updates

Trip Reports

February 14, 2017 — Gray Whales Are Here!

We are excited to announce that we were one of the first to see a new gray whale calf last night! Captain Eric was on the Whidbey Island Naval Base…

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January 31, 2017 — Langley, Here We Come!

In just a few short weeks, Mystic Sea will return to Langley, WA to prepare for Gray Whale Watching Season. This quaint town is home of the Langley Whale Center,…

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January 3, 2017 – Granny’s Departure

We are all saddened today as we learn that the Center for Whale Research has announced that Granny (J2) is missing and presumably deceased. Granny was the beloved matriarch of…

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December 22, 2016 — Remembering J-34

It’s been a rough winter in the Pacific Northwest, as we learn that another of our beloved J-Pod orcas has passed away. Doublestuf, southern resident J-34, was found off of…

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December 3, 2016 — Orca Sighting!

Residents or transients? This seal’s expression says it all… After one of those slightly surreal treks along Whidbey’s back roads only to find the Southern Residents were always just out…

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October 29, 2016 — Sad News from CWR

Very sad news from the Salish Sea – on Friday Oct 28th, the Center for Whale Research announced the passing of two endangered Southern Resident killer whales – J28 Polaris…

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October 9, 2016 — Last Cruise of 2016!

What a way to end our amazing 2017 whale watch season – beautiful sunshine, calm waters and Humpback whales!! We headed towards Haro Strait to find these gentle giants –…

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October 7, 2016 — Farewell Black & Whites!

As we cruised out of the marina, there were no whale reports, and the water was fairly choppy. Due to worse conditions south west, we headed inter-island north, and soon…

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October 2, 2016 — Resident Orca Comeback!

We were able to get off the dock a bit early, and motored out into Guemes Channel with glassy smooth water and sunshine, though with the feel of fall in…

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October 1, 2016 — Welcome to October in the PNW!

As our season is close to ending for the year, the weather sometimes gets a bit more blustery on the Salish Sea! Saturday was one of those days, as Mystic…

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September 29, 2016 — San Juan Channel Ts!

Thursday we hosted a private charter for a group from the east coast! As Mystic Sea departed Anacortes to make way toward Friday Harbor we ventured through the San Juan…

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September 26, 2016 — Just Another Minke Monday!

Yes another glorious calm, sunny day for Mystic Sea’s scenic trip through the San Juan islands to Salmon Bank, where a plethora of sea-birds gathered to feed on nature’s bounty….

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September 25, 2016 — Sunday with Resdients!

Summer may be officially over, but it didn’t seem that way today as Mystic Sea cruised through glassy seas and warm sunshine to Salmon Bank near San Juan Island. Here…

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September 24, 2016 — Transients on Private Trip!

Cool and overcast as we left the marina, but luckily with smooth waters and no wind. With no reports of whales at first, we headed south west, but shortly heard…

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September 23, 2016 — Humpback Yogi!

Challenging sea conditions failed to deter Mystic Sea’s resilient passengers today as one of our known humpbacks, BCY0409 (Yogi – also seen in Hawaii), zigzagged among the whitecaps off Flattop…

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September 19, 2016 — L-Pod & Ken Balcomb!

Breathtaking – there’s no other word to describe today’s encounter with the Southern Resident orcas. Dampness soon gave way to sunshine and sparkling seas after we left the dock, passing…

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September 18, 2016 — Cappuccino Anyone?! (K-21!)

Sunday morning started out rainy with overcast skies, but within an hour the clouds parted and the sun came out to greet us on our cruise. We headed towards Hein…

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September 17, 2016 — Team Transient!

We started our trip with wind and rain, not sure what was ahead of us, and no whale reports!! By the time we checked out harbor seals at Colville Island,…

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September 16, 2016 — Minke’s & More!

Big flocks of sea birds on the water (known as bird piles) usually means food…Today was no exception, and after passing Colville Island, where numerous Pacific Harbor seals were hauled…

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September 15 — Lovely Day with the Js!

Summer is lingering in the Salish Sea, with another beautiful, warm, sunny day as we left the marina a little early…which was good as the reports came in of J…

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September 11, 2016 — First Boat on Scene with J-Pod!

We set out to find whales – first via Colville Island to see seals hauled out – then continued on and we were the FIRST boat to find whales today!!…

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September 10, 2016 — Saturday with L-Pod!

We started out this morning with sunny skies and calm seas as Captain Eric maneuvered Mystic Sea towards Colville. We made a brief stop for passengers to get a look…

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September 9, 2016 — Whales and… Sheep?!

The crispness of fall soon replaced the early morning fog as Mystic Sea navigated between the scenic San Juan islands towards Kelp Reef, Haro Strait, where two humpbacks (which we…

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September 8, 2016 — Resident Orcas Play Day!

Thursday’s trip was a private whale watch for a local YMCA group. We had an absolutely incredible day with all 3 of our resident pods, scattered about from Hein bank…

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September 5, 2016 — Ts, HBs, and Puffins, Oh My!

Once again we were privileged to see two different species of whale today. We caught up with transient orcas the T65A’s off Salmon Bank, near San Juan Island (the same…

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September 4, 2016 — Sunday Funday!

What a day, we started out alternating between heavy fog, light fog, clearing, heavy fog – but by afternoon the sun was in full force. We found LOTS of Transient…

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September 3, 2016 — Surprise Whales!

On Saturday Mystic Sea held a private memorial cruise. The sky was sunny and the waters were flat and calm — it was a lovely day to hold such a…

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September 1, 2016 — Happy Humpback (and More)!

We had a thrilling day out on the Salish Sea today. While some were concerned about the forecast of rain, it held out as we had flat calm seas and…

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August 29, 2016 — Lots of Transients!

Early Monday morning a heavy fog laid across Anacortes, but by the time of our departure the sun was out, the sea was flat, calm and glassy. By mid-day temperatures…

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August 28, 2016 — Lunch with Transients!

Sunday morning was sunny and bright as we departed Anacortes. Captain Monte cruised Mystic Sea inter-island on our way towards reported transient orcas. We traveled through Harney Channel, past Pole…

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August 27, 2016 — Blustery Saturday!

Saturday was a blustery morning in the Pacific Northwest. Captain Eric took Mystic Sea to Rosario Strait, just as he does at the start of most cruises. However, blustery conditions…

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August 26, 2016 — Who Wants (J-Pod) Cookies?!

Friday was a perfect day for a whale watching trip! Temperatures on land were in the 90s, but it was much cooler out on the sea. The sun was out and the…

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August 25, 2016 — Transients & A Gray Whale!

We didn’t have to go far on this sunny, warm day in Washington.  On many days, Mystic Sea leaves Anacortes and travels through Rosario Strait, today was not an exception….

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August 23, 2016 — 30+ Resident Orcas Today!

We set out on this gorgeous summers day with blue skies, warm air and a lightly rolling sea. Our resident whales had made way towards Canada, so Captain Eric charted…

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August 22, 2016 — J, K & L Pods!

Early Monday morning we heard reports of transient orcas off Victoria, so Captain Eric began today’s cruise heading that direction. About an hour into the trip, reports came in of…

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August 21, 2016 — Humpback Sunday!

Sunday was quite a blustery day in the Pacific Northwest. The winds at Race Rocks were blowing 40kn, and unfortunately that meant that none of the whale watching boats in…

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August 20, 2016 — All 3 Resident Pods!

Saturday proved to be another fantastic day of whales, as we were able to catch up with parts of all 3 of our resident orcas. That morning, reports were coming…

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August 19, 2016 — Spectacular Split Fin!

Friday was an absolutely amazing day with clear, sunny weather and calm seas. Mystic Sea headed towards Port Angeles where we had received reports of a humpback. No one on…

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August 18, 2016 — An Exciting Day!

Today’s trip was packed full of wildlife on our way to and from our resident Orcas! We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The sun was out, the skies…

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August 17, 2016 — Residents in Canada!

Another spectacular day as Capt. Eric took us all the way to Canada to find whales – members of our Southern Resident orcas were in Haro Strait by South Pender…

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August 15, 2016 — Orcas at Trial!

Monday it seemed all of the nearby orcas headed to Canada for the day so Mystic Sea followed.  Captain Eric cruised our classic vessel past the San Juan Islands as…

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August 13, 2016 — Sunshine & Transients!

Saturday was another beautiful day in the Salish Sea. We headed through the San Juan Islands and found whales hugging the shores south of O’Neal Island, and heading towards Friday…

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August 12, 2016 — KPod Returns!

With the welcome return of K pod (the endangered Southern Resident orca population is made up of three pods, J, K and L, totaling 83 in number) to our local…

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August 11, 2016 — Gorgeous Day of Whales!

Thursday was an absolutely gorgeous day to be out on the Salish Sea. The skies were clear and the air was warm from the sun, the water flat and calm….

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August 9, 2016 — Welcome Back Residents!

Mystic Sea headed out this morning with gray skies and a calm sea. Last evening, all of J and K Pods had been reported back in the San Juans with…

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August 8, 2016 — Surrounded by Transients!

Monday was a lovely, sunny day in the Pacific Northwest with good conditions on the Salish Sea. Captain Eric took Mystic Sea and her passengers and crew through Rosario Strait…

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August 7, 2016 — Humpback Family Day!

Sunday morning boasted a clear sky, sun, and a calm sea. It also began with early morning reports of humpbacks on the west side of San Juan Island moving northbound….

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August 6, 2016 — Lunch with T’s!

Reports of Transient Orcas started coming in early Saturday morning as Captain Monte prepared Mystic Sea for the day’s excursion.  We began pointed northbound towards President Channel on the west…

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August 5, 2016 — A Day with Residents!

No two days are ever the same on our scenic forays around the San Juan Islands and beyond… We are fortunate to enjoy a plethora of marine wildlife, including two…

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August 4, 2016 — Killer Day of Whales!

Another beautiful sunny day and an early whale report took us north along Bellingham Channel on a search – Resident Killer Whales far far up north in Canada, but another…

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