Welcome to the Salish Sea! This is the name of the area of water and islands that includes the Georgia Strait, Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, Haro Strait and Juan de Fuca Strait, which are all areas where we may travel in a day to watch whales.
The area of the Salish Sea is sometimes referred to as the ‘Emerald Sea’ because of the beautiful green colour of the water. The green colour is because of phytoplankton and algae that grow in the water, which are the foundation of this rich ecosystem and the base of the food chain. This is why the area can support such a diverse range of animals, both large and small. Look for brown bull kelp in the water, and purple or orange common sea stars on the rocks at the water’s edge.