Humpbacks Everywhere both AM and PM Trip

Port Angeles

AM Trip
Highlights
Harbor Seals
Harbor Porpoise
MMX0006 and friend
BCZ0298 Split Fin
Harbor Pilots at work

MMX0006

BCZ0298 Split Fin

BCZ0298 Split Fin

MMY0006 Windy

TULIP

    Today was a gorgeous day. The wind had died down and the sun was out. The Harbor Seals had hauled out on the log rafts to get any sunshine they could. The Pilot boat was busy today keeping up with all the tankers coming and going Small bait balls got the gulls in a frenzy.We headed out to a spot that was a favorite haunt of some of our whales. Harbor Porpoise surfaced here and there as we traveled in a northwesterly direction.
   With calm seas it wasn’t long before our first exhalations could be seen in the distance. We could see pairs of Humpback whales feeding in pairs  and some just by themselves. We chose a pair and it soon became obvious as they all turned and zigged and zagged that we would be looking at more than  the one pair. Flukes were being raised with amazing regularity as the whlaes fed in the krill and bait fish.MMX0006 and an unknown friend were close by. A newer whale we are calling Tulip was also feeding with an unknown friend. BCZ0298 also known as Split Fin surfaced right near the boat. So many whales  …what a sight. Many close passes on either side of our boat kept us  moving from one side to the other.  With all these whales to chose from we were kept busy all morning checking out group after group of humpbacks with plenty of fluke action and numerous close passes by the whales. It was an astounding morning with time to enjoy the whales  turning off the engines so we could listen to their exhalations. Tine seemed to pass quickly as we watched these gentle giants  feasting in our waters and before we knew it , it was time to say good bye and head for Port Angeles.
Naturalist – Lee

Port Angeles

 PM Trip
Highlights
MMX0006    
BCZ0298 Split Fin
MMY0006 Windy
MMZ00004
Stitch
Tulip

   

Stitch

BCZ0298 Split Fin

BCZ0298 Split Fin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                
    An eager group awaited us ready to start the day’s adventure. A beautiful evening was in store for us with calm seas  in the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Harbor seals lounged on log rafts soaking up the last of the afternoon sun while sea birds roamed the harbor in the never ending search for food.Giant tankers lined the harbor and we got some fantastic views of them. Before we knew it we were off and searching the straits for  wildlife. Mt Baker peeked out of the clouds for short periods of time. Harbor porpoise were spotted breaking the calm surface of the water. Common Murres and Rhinocerous Auklets made their way home to the colony for the night’s feeding.
   We headed out to where we had left the humpbacks this morning and soon we were rewarded with exhalations..first one then two  and before we knew it there were exhalations everywhere we looked. We found MMY006 Windy among one of the pairs we watched.They were feeding pretty hard and directional changes were everywhere. Whales popped up next to us with huge exhalations then would rest at the surface before going on another dive. BCZ0298 Split Fin made many close passes and eventually he joined up with some other whales. MMX0006 ,Stitch and Tulip were in the mix. We watched one whale as it turned into a pair of whales. Without warning the pair became a trio. To our surprise a fourth whale magically appeared in the group. This group split up and rejoined in various combinations all the while showing us their flukes  and exhaling so loud  we could hear the difference in their individual breathing. there were so many whales we hardly knew where to look  they were in the distance and close by. One even breached near the boat..We spent hours enjoying watching these amazing animals.There had to be at least 20 humpback whales in the vicinity. When time came for us to head home we had one more exciting close pass by  a threesome surfacing next to the boat and crossing under our bow and all three raising their flukes one after the other so all could see. What an exciting end to a fun filled totally awesome whale watch trip.
Naturalist –  Lee

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