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Need Something To Do on a Cloudy Day on SJI? Here’s 10!

The sun is starting to make its triumphant reappearance here in the San Juan Islands! Thanks to the “rainshadow effect,” we enjoy an average of 250 or more sunny days every year, and receive only about half of the rainfall that our friends to the south in Seattle receive! The “banana belt,” as our area […]

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J-49 keeping up with Mom. Photo courtesy of Maya's Westside Whale Watch Charters.

The Samish Indian Nation Names New Orca Calf J-49

The Whale Museum has a long history of naming orca calves of the Southern Resident Community, then entering them in the “orca Adoption Program,” which is a symbolic adoption. This year, several Whale Museum staff members had the rare opportunity to participate in a Samish Indian Nation traditional potlatch naming ceremony for J-49, the newest […]

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Free Tickets!

No one likes to pay taxes, but here’s a chance for you to recoup some of the lodging tax that you pay on hotel rooms. Thanks to funds received from the Friday Harbor Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, the Whale Museum is able to offer free Vacation Passes to our inn guests. The pass is good […]

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Four Orca Calves Receive Names

After several weeks of public voting with more than 6,500 votes counted, four Southern Resident Community Orca calves have new names! The newly named babies are: Notch (J-47), Saturna (K-43), Mystic (L-115) and Finn (L-116).

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