Learn About Our Waters West Coast Wildlife
Let Five Star’s experienced and enthusiastic staff show you the wonderful wildlife and diversity of the Salish Sea.
Five Star Whale Watching conducts our tours in the The Salish Sea, which is one of the world’s largest and biologically rich inland seas. The wildlife that can be found here includes Resident (fish-eating) Orcas, Transient (Marine mammal eaters) Orcas, Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Minke Whales, Harbor & Dall’s Porpoise, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Steller & California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Northern Elephant Seals and both River & Sea Otters.
The Salish Sea is the ecosystem that includes Washington State’s Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands as well as British Columbia’s Gulf Islands and the Strait of Georgia. The name recognizes and pays tribute to the first inhabitants of the region, the Coast Salish.
This breathtaking area is home to a large variety of marine animals species estimated at 37 species of mammals, 172 species of birds, 247 species of fish, and over 3000 species of invertebrates!