Last updated: 11:30 AM ET, Tue July 26 2016

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  • Rich Thomaselli | July 26, 2016 11:30 AM ET

    Discover San Juan Islands' Whale Watching

    Discover San Juan Islands' Whale Watching

    PHOTO: The San Juan Clipper takes you out to sea to find the breathtaking beauty of the orcas. (Courtesy Clipper Vacations)

    Jaw-dropping scenery, rich local ecology and the chance to view a magnificent orca or humpback whale in the wild. Whether you’re a Pacific Northwest native or a visitor to the region from around the world, a whale watching excursion in the San Juan Islands is an experience you’ll never forget. This is a day aboard the San Juan Clipper for a whale watching and sea life search trip.

    Once you’ve made the journey from Seattle to the San Juans, with a quick stop in Friday Harbor, you’ll be underway, embarking on a two-hour voyage deep into the open waters of the Salish Sea, in search of orca, humpback whales and other sea life ranging from harbor seals to bald eagles and blue herons. Highly intelligent, the orcas’ fierce predatory hunting style has won them the nickname of “killer whale.”

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    Despite their violent moniker, orcas show incredible curiosity, awareness and gentleness toward people. The goal of the San Juan Clipper crew is to help you experience the mighty wild orca in its natural habitat.

    Peering into the wheelhouse, you see Clipper Captain Jason Mihok and his crew members scanning the horizon with binoculars, searching for signs of these magnificent and elusive creatures. Unlike much of the modern world, the orcas aren’t tagged. You can’t find them on GPS, and they aren’t under surveillance. The only way to find them is the old-fashioned way, which is no small feat for an untrained eye.

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Rich Thomaselli Clipper Vacations

Rich Thomaselli Rich Thomaselli is a longtime journalist with 27 years experience in newspapers, magazines and digital media. He is a nine-time individual award-winning writer and was also a staff writer at several publications that earned national recognition as well, including Advertising Age winning a ‘Best in Business’ designation from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2007. He previously covered the travel sector for Ad Age, among other beats, from 2001-2013. Rich is married with two children. He will be based in New York. You can reach him at and contact him on Twitter @RichTravelPulse.
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