9:30 am Trip
*Humpback Whales near the Rock Pile area
*2 Whales swimming side by side identified as BCY0160 “Heather” & BCX1057 “Divot”
*Transient Orcas, T73A family + Male Orca, her the dungeness spit
*Another Humpback Whale sighting on our way back towards the Orcas
It was a great day out on the water. We entered the open waters and quickly spotted tall exhalations near the shallow water area known as the Rock Pile. We got some great views of the Humpback Whales while they were swimming side by side, including some looks at their Flukes. Which helped us identify the whales as BCY0160 “Heather” and BCX1057 “Divot”. While we watched the swimming pair, we also noticed more exhalations nearby. At least 4 whales were in the area. After enjoying our time with the Humpbacks, we decided to go explore more water in search of more wildlife. We were headed in the direction of Victoria, when Captain Dennis heard a call about Orcas. They had been spotted near the Dungeness Spit. We quickly made a U-turn and headed there way. Luckily for us the whales had also made a U-turn heading in our direction. We caught up to the family of whales and got to enjoy the sights of their tall dorsal fins. The family was identified as T73A and her family group. We also noticed a Male hanging out with the family, but his identity remains anonymous. We hung out with the Orcas for about an hour and then had to make our way back to PA.
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*Transient Orcas just West of Dungeness Spit
*Humpback Whale on our way towards Port Angeles
*A submarine being pulled by a tug boat with a Navy boat following closely behind
*Nice flyby from the Coast Guard Helicopter
Luck was on our side for the afternoon trip. As we entered the open waters, we got word that the Transient Orcas spotted during the morning trip had moved further west (closer to us) from the Dungeness Spit. We made our way over to them quickly. On our way to the Orcas, some Humpback Whale exhalations were seen. We made a note of their location, in hopes of spotting them on our way back, and continued towards the Transient Orcas. We arrived on scene and enjoyed the views of T73A’s family pod and Male Orca friend. We were able to stay with the Orcas for over an hour, with a few lucky moments of them swimming towards the boat, at one point they even crossed our stern. After some good looks, we made our turn and searched for the Humpback Whale exhalations. We found at least 1, though it was likely that more were nearby. The Humpback Whale that kept our attention was swimming at relaxed pace in the direction of Port Angeles. The tall exhalations stood out well against the overcast skies. We were even lucky enough to see its flukes come out of the water a few times. Eventually, it was time to pick up speed and return to Port Angeles. On our way back, we spotted an interesting silhouette against the gray colored clouds. Turned out to be a submarine being pulled by a tug boat. Not far behind it, looked to be a Navy destroyer – it was impressive. As we pulled into Ediz Hook, we were treated to a fairly low flyover by the Coast Guard helicopter. It was an awesome sight.
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