Highlights: 3 minke whales, harbor seals, rhinoceros auklets, common murres, glaucous-winged gulls, and Heermann’s gulls.
We traveled across the Strait of Juan de Fuca looking for whales today. We crossed Constance Bank, and Hein Bank without any sightings in some choppy water. Our journey eventually took us all the way to Salmon Bank where a bunch of minke whales were feeding on bait fish. Salmon Bank had the calmest water of our trip which made for some good minke whale watching. Early on in our viewing we had our eyes on a flock of gulls feeding on a bait ball, and just as we hoped, two minke whales came slicing out of the water lunge feeding on the schools of fish. That was a great way to start things off! The whales changed directions often while they fed, and then a third whale joined the party. We had a few great passes with a whale swimming right next to us too! After a good visit with the minke whales it was time to cross back over to Port Angeles. The return trip was an exciting thrill ride, up and over the waves, until we made it back to the dock! Naturalist Bart Rulon