white whale off of orcas island

The White Whale – Sighting off of Orcas Island


Here’s one of the newest members of the Biggs (transient) community. Its really special and unique. Notice the pigment coloring? It has a dilute gene. A dilution gene is a popular term for any one of a number of genes that act to create a lighter coat color in living creatures.

This little orca is part of the T-46b family. Trey took a couple of photos last week. We’re not sure if it’s a male or female.

Tom Averna
Deer Harbor Charters

sunset on the water orcus island

New York Times Selects Orcas Island – 1 of 52 Places to Go in 2019


“The horseshoe-shaped Orcas, one of the largest islands that make up the San Juan archipelago, has gained fame in recent years for its impressive tide-to-table culinary scene and experimental wines, attracting among others, Oprah Winfrey. (In 2018, Ms. Winfrey bought a 43-acre estate on the island for a reported $8.275 million.) A new wine enterprise, Doe Bay Wine Company, is presenting its Orcas Project in 2019 — a collaboration between acclaimed winemakers and vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. Ventures from the James Beard-nominated chef Jay Blackinton, who owns Hogstone, a former pizzeria now featuring ambitious nose-to-tail fare, and its more upscale counterpart Aelder, are also on the horizon. Another addition to the island are the luxury suites at Outlook Inn, in the town of Eastsound, overlooking Fishing Bay. If you want to hike, or ride a horse, the island’s Moran State Park will be adding trails to its 38-mile network this year.” – Daniel Scheffler, New York Times

6th Annual Orcas Island Film Festival

6th Annual Film Festival – Orcas Island – April 26-28


OIFF Mini Film Fest 2019
Eight hand-picked films by OIFF film curator Carl Spence include; KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE, the audience award winner from Sundance, which was voted best overall docs and narratives. The Glasgow country singing audience favourite from TIFF, WILD ROSE. Award-winning director Zhang Yimou’s latest SHADOW from China who once again pushes boundaries to create a swordplay epic like no other. Kenya’s banned but submitted to the academy awards lesbian love story, RAFIKI reminiscent of Spike Lee’s early work. Germany’s Oscar Nominated best foreign language film, NEVER LOOK AWAY. THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, a most charming documentary on the trial, tribulations, and pitfalls of city folk trying to tame the land for harvest. From India, PHOTOGRAPH by director Ritesh Batra comes a powerfully romantic and gently comedic film which made it’s world premiere at Sundance film festival this year. And just added to the line up, MONOS from Colombia which won a Special Jury Award at Sundance, is sure to be one of the most hotly debated films of 2019—Alejandro Landes’s intensely thrilling twist on Lord of the Flies.

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