-Turkey vulture chick
-Two gray whales
We left on our trip today and had a treat to start us off! The turkey vulture nest that had been active at Cap Sante the past two years had a chick in it! We were very excited to see the nest is active again! We headed out and spotted numerous harbor porpoise throughout the trip. We made our way down to the Strait of Juan de Fuca where we came across two gray whales! They were rhythmically breathing side by side!We had some great looks as they headed to the east. We spent some quality time with the animals before we moved a little further to the west to Hein Bank where we found our second species of whales, minke whales! We had at least two in the area and we watched as they headed to the north side of the bank. We made the turn and caught up with our gray whale friends again! Eventually, we had to leave and head back toward home port. We did slow down at the south end of Colville Island and found so many harbor seals hauled out! We cruised home under blue skies and sunshine!
-Two bald eagles
We left on our trip this afternoon with no idea what was in store for us! We were still in the marina when we had two bald eagle soar overhead! We trekked to the south where we spotted lots of harbor porpoise in Rosario Strait. There were orcas reported out of our range (and swimming outbound toward the ocean), but they met up with another group of orcas and did a complete 180 degree turn and came back into our range, swimming very quickly! We made our way down to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was a little bumpy as we transited the Strait. But we got to the orcas and Captain Carl did an amazing job keeping the ride calm as we were pushed along by the waves. Then, the orcas started surfing the waves ahead of us! It was amazing! The group of orcas we were hanging out with were the T65As (T65A, T65A2, T65A3, T65A4 and T65A5) and at least part of the T37s (T37, T37A, T37A2, T37A3 and T37A4). There were other animals off in the distance that we weren’t able to identify. We watched as the orcas surfed and breached and rolled around! It was awesome! We spent some quality time with the animals before we had to head back to home port.