Well here it is, the end of our 2013 season. Once again it was a day of viewing humpbacks in Weynton Passage and Blackfish Sound. We saw upwards of 18 animals with lots of activity everywhere you looked. They were all focused on feeding as they prepare to start their migration to warmer winter regions in Hawaii and Mexico. We watched lots of lunge feeding on the schools of small fish being forced into tight bait balls by the diving birds and the gulls flying overhead. This gives us an opportunity to predict where the whales would surface with their mouths open allowing us to keep our cameras trained in anticipation of a postcard picture.
We were able to identify a few of the humpbacks as ‘Freckles’, ‘Argonaut’, ‘Slash’ and her calf ‘Stitch’. There were hundred’s of common murres and herring gulls concentrating their feeding efforts on the schooling fish.
We also had a brief encounter with a small group of ten Pacific white-sided dolphins and saw about twenty Steller sea lions. There we also about thirty or more harbour seals hauled out on a few different rocky outcroppings. We saw about six bald eagles with one on the rocks eating a chum salmon it had caught and hauled out of the water.
As we close out the season we offer a special goodbye to Cara, our office manager for the past eight years, as she moves on to other career challenges. We will miss her always smiling face greeting our customers as they check in for their tours.
We would also like to thank all our guests for visiting beautiful ‘downtown’ Telegraph Cove and for venturing out on our boats to enjoy the wonderful natural setting where we all celebrate the wonders of nature. See you all in 2014!
Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day – ‘Peace hath higher tests of manhood than battle ever knew.’ John G. Whittier
Next available tour – May 2014