It is such a neat experience for our guests to not only enjoy the wildlife we have in this area but to really get a good look at, and to start to understand the unique dynamics of the water in this region.
We began our tour at low tide so the intertidal zone along the shoreline was a prominent feature. The rockweed was abundant, sticking way up above the water line and we could hear and see Oyster Catchers foraging on the crustaceans that were tucked inside this seaweed.
Following low tide was slack water, when the current had slowed and became stationary for a short time. During slack water we were able to position the boat amongst islands and islets, turn the engines off and be still to witness the richness of nature that surrounded us.
It was interesting to observe the whales at the change of the tide and current. We noticed the Humpback whales were foraging along a tide line for the hours we were with them. Ripple, Ojo’s Blanco’s and Guardian were the whales of the day and their pattern of 5 shallow surfaces, 1 deep dive for a duration of four minutes were consistent particularly when the current had turned to flood.
As the flood tide gathered speed and surface of the water livened, so did the speed in which the whales foraged. Whirlpools and eddies gave the water a dynamic appearance and we could feel it shift the boat ever so gently as we drifted amongst it.
On our way home we used the current to our advantage, which surged us forward through narrow passes and channels, enjoying the harbour seals who were doing exactly the same.
A splendid day, under a mix of sun and cloud, on a smooth and lovely sea.