From The Wheelhouse:
Today was wonderful from start to finish. This morning there were some isolated fog patches but that didn’t stop us from finding fish eating orca. We were able to identify the A36′s and A12. The were doing some traveling and foraging in the strait. We then encountered 2 humpback whales and identified them as ‘Conger’ and ‘Stripe’ while getting some great tail fluke photos! We then went to see the Steller sea lions. There were about 240 hauled out on the rocks and another 60+ swimming in the kelp, what a sight!
This afternoon it was totally clear down the strait and we were very happy to find up to 14 Humpback whales feeding in a small area. We watched as they lunge fed which is quite an amazing site to see! We were even lucky enough to see 3 breaches! Captain Wayne tells us that in his 15 years of experience in these waters he has never had this many Humpback whales working such a small area crisscrossing time and time again.
The birds today were great once again. There were 100′s of Common murres and Sooty shearwaters. 60-80 Northern Phalaropes, 6 Bald eagles, and 6 Rhinoceros auklets. September just keeps reminding us what an awesome month it can be!
Captain Waynes Quote of the Day:
‘I am old enough to tell the truth, it is the privilege of age.’ – George Clemencean
Next Available Tours:
Tuesday, September 20 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.