On our first tour of 2016 we find two gray whales!



-Two gray whales including our buddy ‘Lucy’!
– Seals, sea lions, and Eagles
– Calm conditions and sun at the dock as we returned

Well, it’s official! We are back on the water in search of the beautiful animals that come to visit us in  the Salish Sea! We had a very excited and energetic group on today, making it a great way to start the season. After boarding the boat, we passed out the binoculars and the search was on! We cruised south toward Possession Point, as we had an early morning report of animals in that direction. It took some time, but we eventually spotted the blow in the distance letting us know that a
whale was nearby. After a few passes we were able to identify this gray whale as #531, a female that we actually did not see last year. Our special guest onboard today, John Calambokidis from Cascadia Research, passed on very interesting information for our guests about the whales. We had some nice looks at this whale and then scooted over to a navigational marker with two Steller sea lions that were hauled out to rest. One of the sea lions was huge and he lifted his head for a moment, yawned and then put his head right back down to resume his nap. After passing some additional sea lions and two mature bald eagles, Capt. Shane called out “we’ve got another whale up ahead!” Sweet! This was a treat as we id’d this whale as #723 or ‘Lucy’! Great looks at this guy as he passed right by the boat several times! Heading home we showed the identification guide book to our passengers, as they asked great questions and enjoyed their trip! It’s great to be back on the water, what a way to start 2016!

Photos to come
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2 Grays on Day 1!!

Great start to the 2016 whale watching season.   
Flat calm water, 2 gray whales, sea lions, what more can you ask for!
Stay tuned for photos and official report from Capt/Naturalist Michael Colahan.
          Spot for Gray Whale #531                                Spot for Gray Whale #723 (A.K.A. LUCY!)

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#BREAKING the Island Explorer 4 has spotted its first gray whale of the season just off Camano Head! We left scene at around 1PM with the whale headed in the northbound direction. We do not have a positive ID on the animal, but we do know that it is not 723, Lucy! That means that there is more than one gray in the area! With the first trip departing Everett tomorrow, we hope to firm up an ID on this indivudual and find some more! #graywhale #everett #welovewhales #saratogagrays

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Repositioning Day @ Island Adventures! The Island Explorer 4 is making her way to Everett with Captain Shane and Captain Scott. She has made her way under Twin Bridges, through La Conner, under Rainbow Bridge, and is currently cruising south into Saratoga Passage. Day 1 of the 2016 season gets underway tomorrow, 10AM — don’t forget to use promo code GrayFB while making your reservation if you want to join us tomorrow!

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Looking for Lucy (Gray #723)?? Let’s get the Gray Whale Season started 1 week earlier than ever before!!!! Saturday Februrary 27th at 10AM will be the first official Island Adventures Gray Whale Tour of the 2016 Season! For all of our Facebook family we would love for you to be apart of this first tour for the low low price of just $39 for Adults and $29 for children (3-12yrs)!! Book online for that first tour of the season (Sat. February 27th from Everett) using the online promotion code GRAYFB. Pass this along to all your friends and family that would like to get out on the first whale watching trip of 2016 on the Island Explorer 4 — we want to fill her up to start the season off right!! You must make a reservation online with the promotion code to get this great discounted deal and you must book by 9am on the 27th at the very latest! We hope to see you there!!!

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First Gray Whale of 2016!!

One of our returning “Saratoga Grays” has made his way back to the waters just off the south end of Whidbey Island, near Possession Point!  This is really exciting news — even more exciting for Island Adventures Crew as Gray #723 has affectionately been known as LUCY (after our own little tot) since March 25th, 2013.

photo of #723 Lucy from March 25th, 2013

We are so excited to see the grays returning to the waters just off of Everett and we couldn’t be more ready to get our whale watching season underway!

We have added links below that were provided by Orca Network’s Facebook Page —  Orca Network volunteer Stu Davidson captured some great photos of #723 and Alisa Lemir Brooks (whale sightings network coordinator) got a great video!!

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