whale watching

Megan Farmer / KUOW

Whale watch tour companies have knocked a proposed orca protection initiative off the November ballot in San Juan County, Washington. The ballot measure would have asked voters to greatly increase the stand-off distance between boats and endangered killer whales.

A humpback whale breaches in the Salish Sea.
Island Adventures Whale Watching

Humpback whales were once so numerous in the coastal and inland waters of the Pacific Northwest, there were whaling stations near Nanaimo, British Columbia, and Grays Harbor, Washington. These closed by 1925, after the regional population of humpback whales had been largely wiped out.

A century later, humpbacks are resurfacing in big numbers in the Salish Sea, the Columbia River mouth and the Northwest coast. Along with excitement over the humpbacks' return comes concern about ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.

One Still Missing In Whale Watching Capsize Accident

Oct 26, 2015
Albert Titian / Facebook

More details are emerging from the capsizing of a whale watching boat off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Of the 27 passengers on board, five have been declared dead and searchers are trying to find one who is missing.

Five Killed As Vancouver Whale Watching Boat Capsizes

Oct 26, 2015
Albert Titian / Facebook

Five people were killed Sunday when a whale watching boat overturned off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Twenty-one people were rescued and Sunday night one was still missing.

How To Spot A Whale On The Northwest Coast

Dec 27, 2013
Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the best times of the year to watch grey whales migrating along the Oregon coast.