We escaped the fog and rain today through a rainbow and found some spectacular wildlife in the sun. Today was a day of feeding. There was heavy tidal activity, with hundreds of Rhinoceros Auklets, Gulls, Common Murres, Red-necked Phalaropes, Bald Eagles, flying and feeding and diving for the tiny fish below. In the morning we were able to catch a nice glimpse of the schooling fish the birds were feeding on, there were scales sparkling throughout the benthos. Conger the humpback whale was lunge feeding right amidst the bird activity and very close to shore. In the morning while we were drifting, Conger came right up under the boat and we could all view its white pectorals visible in the water!
We saw Stellar Sea Lions feeding, Dall’s Porpoise rooster tailing in the fast flowing tidal current, and Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out on the rocks. There was a total of four humpback whales swimming and one breaching, and lunge feeding. A few of us even caught a glimpse of an elusive Minke whale on our afternoon tour! It was a fabulous day of wildlife viewing in the sunshine.
Today’s penned comments:
“Thank you Mike and Sarah, it felt like going out with friends. Cheers”
“Lovely trip, humpbacks, great birds, the sun broke through the mist, rainbow and numerous Dall’s Porpoise. Such a treat to be in this pristine area.” ~ Viki , Bellingham, WA
“Thanks for a great morning. Having the humpbacks swim under the boat was an amazing experience. Thanks for answering all our questions! We’ll come back for the orcas next year.” Holly & Nick, Victoria, Australia
“Very exciting trip, great birds. I loved the views of Conger the Humpback Whale. A magical experience, thanks!” Tora Roksvog, Kirkland, WA
“We had a great trip. We came from Holland to see whales and we found them! Thanks for that. We would like to catch salmon because we saw them jumping. We have learned a lot from this trip, thanks to Sarah and Mike! It was a great adventure :).” ~ Family Ros
“Thank you for a wonderful 5 hours on your sailboat. In this magnificent area of this world it did pay off to see the animals. Cheers” ~ David & Liad
“Thank you for a fantastic whale watching trip” ~The Djurhous Family, Denmark