Follow us:

Northwest Traveler

Travel news, consumer advice and trip reports for the Northwest and beyond.

April 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

It’s whale-watch season as grays visit Whidbey Island waters

A gray whale shows its tail on a recent Victoria Clipper tour. (photo by Justine Buckmaster)

A gray whale shows its tail on a recent Victoria Clipper tour. (photo by Justine Buckmaster/Clipper Navigation)

The gray whales are here.

This will be the second weekend of the season for scheduled outings on the Victoria Clipper III to search for gray whales between Seattle and Coupeville, on Whidbey Island. The boat transits Possession Sound and Saratoga Passage along the way.

The Clipper outings claimed 100 percent whale sightings in 2013, and last weekend included sightings on one trip of at least four gray whales in the vicinity of Gedney Island, off Everett, and at least three whales on another trip, including “a lot of tail action and interesting feeding behavior,” according to Justine Buckmaster, Victoria Clipper naturalist. Sea lions were also sighted.

Gray whales typically migrate this time of year from Mexico calving grounds to summer feeding grounds off Alaska, and a number of whales typically detour into Washington’s inland waters for a month or two to feed on ghost shrimp found along the sand and mud shores of Saratoga Passage. Whales can often be seen from shore near Langley, as well as from boats. If you visit Langley, include a stop at the new Langley Whale Center, a project of the Orca Network.

The seven-hour Clipper trips, which continue through mid-May, include a two-hour lunchtime stop at historic Coupeville. Details and reservations here.

Other whale-watch vessels operating in the area include Mystic Sea Charters, departing from Langley, and Deception Pass Tours, departing from Oak Harbor.

Comments | More in Cruises, Northwest, Outdoors | Topics: Deception Pass Tours, gray whales, Langley Whale Center

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►