HUMPBACKS-old friends and new all day

PORT ANGELES

9:30 AM trip
Highlights

Harbor Seals
Foursome including BCX1068 Split Fluke and BCZ0180 Monarch
BCY0057 Niagara

    Blue skies and breezy conditions greeted us as we started our day. Harbor Seals were hauled out on the log rafts soaking up the sun.Large tankers were moored throughout the harbor with one being refueled. The Olympic mountains  were in clear skies showing off some snowy peaks. We headed out into the Salish Sea with high hopes and would not be disappointed.We were in time to see a pilot getting dropped off on an incoming ship.We checked out the rock pile and then headed west to try our luck at some other usual haunts.  As we searched exhalations started to pop up seemingly all around us . There was a single and a pair of whales and next thing we knew there were four in a group also. The foursome consisted of two unidentified Humpbacks along with BCZ1068 10 year old Split Fluke and BCY0180 Monarch. One of the pair was 16 year old BCY0057 Niagara. We were lucky to be able to spend lots of time with these whales and had some very close passes next to the boat.Always very exciting to see. eventually we had to depart our friend and head back to the marina . Even our seals were still relaxing on the logs.
Naturalist-Lee

Port Angeles
3:30 PM Trip
Highlights
Harbor Seals
Harbor Porpoise
 Humpbacks …BCY0160 Heather with new friend

    The skies were still blue for our afternoon trip but the winds had picked up some making for choppy seas. We set off for our morning’s whales hoping they wouldn’t be too far away. A passenger spotted the first whale of the evening and we made our way over to it. Unfortunately this whale seemed intent on staying down for a long time so we continued on in the search finding another whale a few miles west. As we watched we saw other whales blowing in the distance round us. Got some good looks at a smaller whale as he/she surface  and then we concentrated on  2 that seemed to have regular breathing patterns and short down times. While we waited some Harbor Porpoise surfaced nearby crossing over near the bow. Being a shy cetacean, they disappeared rather quickly. Our pair turned out to be BCY0160 13 year old Heather and a new companion that remains unidentified for now. They seemed to be feeding and enjoying each others company.We spent quality time with the pair enjoying great looks at their tail flukes and some close passes near the boat. A marine layer started to come in along with increasing seas as our time drew near an end. A final long look at the two and we journeyed on home.
Naturalist – Lee
   

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