We got some much needed vitamin D today. The sun was shining and the wind mild. As we turned the corner at Cap Sante lookout, Captain Carl spotted six Turkey vultures gathered on the rockside! There must have been food in the area to see so many concentrated like that. With no reports to begin the trip with, we tried our luck and turned north up Rosario Strait. We stopped at the Peapods to see what we could find. Sure enough, harbor seals were hauled out in droves, a Canada goose was foraging in the water, a great blue heron took flight over the islands, and two bald eagles perched high upon the rocks. We continued northward, cruising by a massive gathering of Bonaparte gulls diving into a bait ball at the eastern most point of Orcas Island. We stopped at Sucia Island to check out the brawling Steller sealions hauled out on the coastline. A bald eagle was perched high in the treetops above them. We continued north up the Strait of Georgia and met up with humpback whale “Zigzag” (BCX1193) north of Tumbo Island. This whale was aptly named, zigzagging all over the strait in a rather erratic fashion. We got some beautiful looks at its fluke and dorsal fin as it sounded. In the midst of all the whale action, we were all given even more reason to celebrate as a proposal took place on the bow! She said yes! It seemed that Zigzag felt like celebrating too because just as we were turning to depart, it started pec slapping over and over and over again! Truly, it just kept going, there must have been at least 20 slaps before it would stop to breath and then continue again. Unreal. A memorable trip indeed.
Morning –– 10 AM
The day started off beautifully with blue skies and the sun warming the area quickly. We left the dock and headed up Jetty island to check out a local Osprey nest. The ospreys were home and we got some amazing looks at them as we made the turn to head around Jetty island. As we cruised back down Jetty island we found a bald eagle on one of the pilings before continuing out to open water. We found our first whales just off the south end of Hat island and we got some amazing looks as the whales socialized in the area. The whales turned out to be 383 and 49 Patch and we got a great show from them both. 383 was more than happy to show us his flukes and just before we departed the scene even Patch showed his flukes to us. From there we headed up in Port Susan and found another bald eagle perched along the hillside waiting for some fish. We left the eagle to it’s hunting and traveled down around Camano Head. We headed up Saratoga Passage and just a little north of Langley we found a gray whale feeding in the shallows. This whale put on a great show with multiple feedings and after some close looks we were able to determine it was 723 Lucifer. Time unfortunately ran out and we had to head back but all and all it was an amazing adventure on the water this morning.