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Orcas and Minkes of the San Juan Islands

Listed under Whale Watching in United States.

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The San Juan Islands are well known for marine life and you can see it by the number of tourists who come here to see the Orcas, Minkes and other marine life. The further away from other boats you can get the better and please choose an outfitter that employs a biologist of naturalist on their crew, you’ll then be sure you get the most out of the experience and that whales you see aren’t being crowded out. Most charters cover a certain area and stay out of each others way reporting whales movements. If you’re lucky you could also see seals and/ or porpoises. The busiest season for both whales and people is between June and September, the whales are here for the salmon coming in on the Haro Straight and the people are here for the whales and the ocean but charters begin running in May and keep going until November-ish. If you want to get really close you can go out in a sea kayak, but I would warn you that these are huge, wild animals so unpredictable.

Written by  terry.fielding.

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