Sucia, San Juan Islands

Sep 27, 2017 - National Geographic Quest

The San Juan Islands were covered in a blanket of fog this morning.  We had breakfast while anchored off of Fossil Bay, the red bark of the Madrona trees peeking out from between fog banks. We set out early to kayak the calm bay and search the beach for fossils. Sucia Island greeted us with river otters, hairy woodpeckers, and trees adorned with sparkling spider webs. This island did not disappoint. After a beautiful morning ashore it was all aboard for our journey south to Seattle, bringing an end to a truly magical week in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Jessica Farrer


Jessica is a research associate with SR3, SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research ( in Seattle, WA. She is currently working on several projects that monitor the health of the critically endangered southern resident killer whale population in the Salish Sea and humpback, minke and killer whales around the Antarctic Peninsula. Her main research interests are the predator prey dynamics of the Southern Ocean and she will be starting a PhD in fall 2020 to investigate the effects of climate change and fishing pressure on the diet of killer whales and Weddell seals in both the Antarctic Peninsula and the Ross Sea.

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