The Salish Sea is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. After coming on a tour with us, we hope you’ll leave with a greater understanding of this complex marine environment and the animals that call it home. We like to think of our boat as a floating classroom! You will learn all about local populations of whales, which include two different types of orcas, humpbacks, grays, and minkes, and about many other species of wildlife. Our goals are for you to become passionate about the Salish Sea and its inhabitants and to inspire future marine stewards!
We are a proud member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA). The PWWA is a group of whale watching and ecotourism companies in the Pacific Northwest who are committed to protecting and providing education about the whales of the Salish Sea. Part of our responsibility as members is to share photos from trips and report whale sightings and observations, such as interesting behavior, injuries or illnesses, deaths, and births. PWWA compiles and shares all of this data with wildlife biologists who use it to better understand the lives and patterns of our local whale populations. These biologists usually have limited resources and don’t spend nearly as many days on the water as whale watching companies; so our crews play an important role in the research process by accurately recording and reporting this valuable information. Photos and data gathered by the PWWA are also used to develop whale identification guides.
We support Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group (SFEG) through a round-up-to-the-nearest-dollar program. SFEG is a nonprofit organization with a mission of restoring local watersheds and enhancing salmon runs. Skagit salmon populations have drastically declined over the last hundred years. Southern Resident Killer Whales, one of the two local types of orcas, feed on salmon. The diminishing salmon returns have negatively impacted the Southern Resident population, landing them on the endangered species list. We appreciate the work SFEG is doing to restore salmon populations, and in turn provide necessary food to aid in the Southern Resident Killer Whale species recovery. Thank you for your donations!