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
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!
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.
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
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 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.