A special thanks to our wonderful friend Sara for giving us her account of both trips today!
Our morning trip started out under sunny skies and with a wildlife sighting right outside the marina–a harbor seal! Our route down Guemes Channel took is in the direction of some fog, but we powered through and one young guest even thought they spied the infamous Black Pearl hidden in the mist.
With our hails to Captain Jack Sparrow going unanswered we continued into the inner San Juan Islands and as we cruised north last Lopez Island we spotted more harbor seals hauled out on some rocks.
We pushed north into Speiden Channel where we spotted three bald eagle (and a nest!) on Battleship Island. After rounding around the north end Henry Island where we found what we had been looking for—a whale! The lone male, T124C, was traveling along the shoreline of the island as he made his way north. This male is usually seen traveling alone and sometimes meets up with other transients before striking off on his own again. As he passed Battleship Island he made a sharp turn and headed east through Speiden Channel allowing us to spend a bit more time with him.
Eventually we had to head off and as we went back through the inner islands we spotted four bald eagles soaring high above us.
Captain Carl showed us some of the most beautiful sights in the San Juans as we cruised back home, including Fawn Island in Deer Harbor and Pole Pass. We visited the harbor seals we saw on the way out and were escorted back through Rosario towards home port by many harbor porpoise. What a wonderful morning on the water!
-Baby harbor seal
Our afternoon trip tools is a completely different route as we cruised up the east side of Guemes Island and past Vendovi and then Lummi Islands. We were joined periodically by harbor porpoise dashing in and out of the current lines and spotted a bald eagle perched high in the trees. Though some clouds had moved in since we returned from our earlier trip it was still warm and the lighting made the sky dramatic with the beautiful clouds.
Our search continued to the north into the Strait of Georgia where we got word that our friend T124C had continued moving east since we left him earlier and had made a left hand turn upon reaching the strait. He was heading north when we first arrived on scene but was fairly predictable in his pattern and even cruised past for a close pass.
We spent ample amounts of time with him as he continued north and we watched him make a few quick direction changes that suggested he might have been after something. Whether or not he made a kill is for him to know and us to only guess at.
After our visit with him we headed back south and cruised in close to Sucia Island as we went. It was lucky we did too as we saw two more bald eagles perched in the trees along the shore. With Sucia behind us we pressed on towards Matia Island where we found two more bald eagles and a nest!
As we continued south in Rosario several junior captains joined Captain Carl at the helm and assisted in keeping the boat pointed south back towards home port. The setting sun provided beautiful lighting as we returned on the east side of Guemes Island where we spotted our last bit of wildlife for the evening, a couple of harbor seals and even one of this years little pups! The little one slide off the rock and poked it’s head out of the water to check us out! It was a wonderful evening on the Salish Sea.