Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands

Sep 14, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

Continuing with the fantastic weather theme of this southbound cruise from Sitka to Seattle, we enjoyed another idyllic, sunny day in the charming coastal town of Friday Harbor.  Many pleasure boats docked at the marina and a seafood market was busy selling Dungeness crabs and fish.  Known as the gateway to the San Juan Islands, we walked around Friday Harbor’s streets, visiting small colorful shops, and the historic whale museum. We learned about the stresses on orca populations and several guests commented on how fortunate we have been in seeing these remarkable animals among the many other incredible opportunities we have had the last 2 weeks. We returned to cruising the calm, glassy waters of Puget Sound searching for wildlife.  We spotted harbor seals resting on the alga covered rocks and rhinoceros auklets (also called unicorn puffins) were seen diving into the water as the vessel approached.  The expedition leader Rab Cummings and Captain Thomas Morin shared their final thoughts summarizing what a remarkable journey we have experienced together.

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Jason Jones


Jason holds degrees in environmental science and biology from the Texas A&M University system. He has gained a strong background in biological research and management from several years of leading and conducting a variety of projects at field camps and on vessels. Including work with marine mammals, birds, fish, coral, and other fauna in Alaska, Hawaii, Gulf of Mexico, Africa, Australia, and both polar regions. Jason currently works with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Southeast Alaska, collecting biological data in salmon fisheries and crab.

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