The joy of sailing with whales!

IMG_3119 IMG_3120 IMG_3168 IMG_3154 IMG_3153 IMG_3187What a beautiful day it was and with a brisk North West wind blowing, it made sailing possible and we enjoyed our time immensely whilst tacking back and forth in Blackney Passage with two humpback whales, Ripple and Guardian. Earlier on in the tour on our way east in Blackfish Sound we had caught sight of another humpback whale and believe that this might have been White Eyes who was heading west at the time and who was later reported being in Weynton Passage and we passed this whale headed back east in Johnstone Strait on our way back home in the Strait. We will never know for sure but the possibility is great that it was one and the same humpback whale circuiting around Hanson and Plumper Islands! Our time in Blackney Passage was wonderful with the two whales coming together at one point and where numerous rhinoceros auklets and some common murres had gathered, the current was flooding and the NW wind began gathering momentum as we tacked back and forth and when one of the humpbacks surprised us surfacing nearby, it was a thrill for everyone onboard! Also seen: stellar sea lions, dalls porpoises, harbour seals, bald eagles and gull species. Today's penned comments:

Absolutely fantastic! I have seen whales, dolphins and porpoises before but never intimately. And thank you Maureen and Dave for such a great and informative tour! Would do this a second time for sure. Oh wait, I just did! ~ Dave, Vancouver

Maureen and Dave ~ You guys are the best! Seasmoke was my first whale watching experience and I had a wonderful time as your guest on the day out. The wisdom of Maureen was fascinating. Thank you for everything.  ~ Shannon, NSW, Australia
What a great day! Eagles, whales, porpoises, muffins, scones and cups of tea. It just got better and better! Thanks heaps. ~ Jacinta, Victoia, Australia
Thank you for a fantastic tour. I learnt heaps and got an experience that I'll remember for ever. Very fashionable water-wear too!  ~ Victoria, Australia
Thank you for such a spectacular day on the water. It was an amazing adventure! ~ Steve & Kim, Delta, BC

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