Join us evenings from June – August and support Pacific Mammal Research (PAC MAM) on a 1.5-2 hour tour of Deception Pass and Minor Island Aquatic Reserve. Minor Island is connected to Smith Island by a low spit that is covered at high tide. Located mid-way between Admiralty Inlet and Lopez Island, Minor Island has a lighthouse and NOAA weather station, but many people mistake the area for a Navy ship, when they see it from the shores of Whidbey Island.
The best of parts of Minor Island are the Seals, Sea Lions, and Elephant Seals that haul out and sunbathe on the shore. We have even seen Orcas rush the beach to take one of the many harbor seals at rest.
This tour is a partnership with Pacific Mammal Research and gives guests an opportunity to learn more about the marine mammals in the Salish Sea, including Harbor Porpoises, Harbor Seals, Stellar Sea Lions, California Sea Lions, Otters, and Elephant Seals. We also include any of the 300+ bird species that we encounter on the water.
Pacific Mammal Research (PacMam) is a scientific research organization that studies free-ranging marine mammals in the Salish Sea to improve our understanding of their life history, behavior, social structure and ecology within a dynamic and changing environment. Using traditional and innovative scientific techniques they provide information critical for conservation measures and create public awareness through education.
Deception Pass Tours supports PacMam’s research through Harbor Porpoise Sighting Data Collection. PacMam is working to create and maintain a Photo ID catalogue and sighting database of Harbor Porpoises who live in the Salish Sea.