July 26th, 2014
Saturday is another day of incredible weather in the Salish Sea. In the morning we head north and find a minke whales up near Boundary Pass and Waldron Island. This whale is good a guessing games. Today’s game is called “Where Am I?” This is one talented whale, as on our first looks, we are surprised each time it surfaces in a very different location! A circle around a wildlife refuge island turns up over 100 harbor seals, including moms and pups in the water. The eagles are also out and about. Then, what do you know…return of the minke whale. This time there is no guessing game, just lots of great viewing as it surfaces and dives many times around us.
Our afternoon trip turns up two humpback whales, way way off toward Victoria, B.C. It’s a long run, but out by Middle Bank we are treated to three minke whales all surfacing and diving in the same area. Arriving four miles off the Victoria shore, the humpback spouts are visible in the air ahead of us! Today we watch as a mother and calf travel to the west, all the time into the flood tide, which means none of us went very far west. Can you pick out the calf dorsal fin, right next to mom?
Here’s one more photo of the “wee one.” Guess there is never really a “wee” humpback whale!