Stellar Sea Lions – The Big Dogs of the Sea

A cruise through the San Juan Islands of Washington state is not all about whale watching. On this summer voyage, briefly after leaving Friday Harbor, I got the opportunity to see up close a large group of Stellar Sea Lions at rest, work and play on and near a rocky outcrop just off San Juan…

An Epic 12 Hours

Depart Seattle aboard a Victoria Clipper whale watching cruise at 8:15am bound for Friday Harbor and the San Juan Islands. Let 12 hours of epic adventure unfold… This cruise had it all – perfect weather, plenty of wonderful scenery, amazing wildlife and even some aircraft action overhead for good measure. A perfect day for me!

Kenai Fjords National Park: Stellar Sea Lions

Kenai Fjords National Park offers an amazing abundance of wildlife viewing. Marine mammals are no exception. The Stellar Sea Lion (Eumetopias Jubatus) is the largest of the eared seals. These things are truly massive! A female is about seven feet in length and weighs about 279 kg / 600 pounds. Males are much bigger at around nine feet…