Breaching humpback mom and calf steal the show! Orcas too!


-Harbor porpoise in Rosario Strait
-Bald eagle at south Lopez Island
-Breaching Big Mama and calf!
-Marine mammal eating orcas close by!
-Steller sea lions and harbor seals at Whale Rocks
-Cruise home through the inner islands

We left Cap Sante Marina under beautiful blue skies and sunshine! We headed south in Rosario Strait where we spotted some harbor porpoise in a tight group. We slowed down through the south end of Lopez Island and Castle Rock where we spotted several pigeon guillemots, a couple of Canada geese and a mature bald eagle eating something. The eagle took flight, showing us his/her enormous wingspan! There were several harbor seals hauled out at Swirl Rocks. We headed west in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and just as we were getting to where we needed to be, all we could see were huge splashes! We had breaching humpbacks! It ended up being our good friend BCY0324 (Big Mama) and her newest calf! They were going crazy! It was awesome! It was exhilarating! We hung out with them until we had some orcas about a mile away. We had the T65As (T65A, T65A2, T65A3, T65A4, and T65A5) and the T65Bs (T65B and T65B1)! It seemed like they were just resting. Once as they resurfaced from their deep dive, they popped up right next to the boat! Awesome! We eventually had to depart and we stopped by Whale Rocks were we had both Steller sea lions and harbor seals hauled out. We cruised home through the inner islands enjoying the beautiful day full of wildlife!

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