What a wonderful part of the world we live in!
What a beautiful part of the world we live in on the edge of the rainforest!
It was four seasons in one day out on the water today. Sunshine, warm temperatures then rain and a nip in the air made for an exciting adventure on board our M.V. 'Seasmoke' but the unpredictable weather did not deter the wildlife. We hadn't even left Alder Bay and a family of River otters came out for all our passengers to see. We were grateful for their trust as they lingered on the dock even when we stood only meters away.
Once underway we appreciated the calm seas and the slack current enabling us to shut down our engines and drift silently by seals snoozing at low tide and our resident Bald Eagles resting alongside their nests.
Dall's porpoise surfaced in the distance, Rhinoceros Auklets floated by in small rafts and Pigeon Guillemots flew by in flock formation, all the while we slowly ventured closer to where whale blows had been sighted.
Two travelling Humpbacks kept us company for over an hour this morning. Their blows could be heard from a good distance as the air was still and silent. As the whales dove deep, we were able to see the underside of the fluke which gave away the individuals we were observing. Our forever faithful Guardian was one, along with Ojo Blanco (White Eye).
By the time we parted the area and headed home, the flood current was fast and furious, stirring up the sea like a running river. The rain fell heavy at times but we were all wrapped up warm and dry in our float suits.
Another fabulous day sharing in the company of friendly folks and the gentle giants who delight us with their company throughout our glorious summer.