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Top 5 awe-inspiring wildlife species to see in Washington's Salish Sea

Sea gulls take advantage of nearly every circumstance, including a ride on a piece of drift wood. Why fly when you can ride?
Sea gulls take advantage of nearly every circumstance, including a ride on a piece of drift wood. Why fly when you can ride?
M Jester

Any RV trip to the Pacific Northwest will provide breathtaking scenery and the opportunity for striking views of wildlife. Cruises on the Salish Sea through the San Juan Islands will normally provide multiple sightings of a variety of wildlife species observable in spectacular natural settings.

Trips may be booked from multiple vendors in the area. In the city of Bellingham, Washington, the Island Mariner cruises provide the best ship and most experienced whale watching company. This cruise line has been in the business for over 50 years. This experience shows as you are treated to viewing and photographing nature at its most glorious.

Consider the list of the top five species of wildlife to view in this pristine environment as you plan for a trip to the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands.

Immature bald eagle
Immature bald eagle M Jester

Immature bald eagle

Spotted on Lummi Island, this beautiful immature bald eagle was thrilling to observe in flight and at rest. Several pairs of eagles nest annually on this island.

Orca off the port side!
Orca off the port side! M Jester

Orca off the port side!

Perhaps topping the list of the most wanted wildlife species to see, the Orcas do bring a thrill to you when an individual or a pod is spotted. This individual is named Spirit, a 45 year old female from "L" pod.

Proud patriarch
Proud patriarch M Jester

Proud patriarch

This bull (male) Stellar sea lion was lording over this small island. This guy was huge. Compare his size to the sea gull visible on the rocks to the left.

Playful Harbor seals
Playful Harbor seals M Jester

Playful Harbor seals

Harbor seals are very plentiful through out the Pacific Coast and Puget Sound areas. These seals were enjoying sunning themselves on the rocks in between dips into the water to enjoy a swim.

Cormorants: the perfect fishing tool
Cormorants: the perfect fishing tool M Jester

Cormorants: the perfect fishing tool

Cormorants dive to great depths to catch fish. Pacific tribes tie the necks of these birds so they cannot swallow large fish and use the birds for fishing. The nest of these birds look like tumbleweeds.