Grays and a Humpback Wish Us a Happy Easter!

Anacortes
Trip Highlights:
  • Humpback whale
  • Stellar Sea Lions
  • Bald Eagles
  • Harbor Porpoise
Naturalist Notes:

Left anacortes with sunny blue skies all around. With great views of mount baker we plunged out into the San Juans in search of whales. We got some great looks at some harbor seals on a dock outside anacortes and then even more on Pointer island. We continued inner island and down San Juan channel encountering a large number of stellar sea lions near whale rocks. We continued south out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca where we joined a humpback that was showing some interesting behaviors. We got some great looks at the whale even though it was being very unpredictable. After that we went up to Castle rock where we found 5 different bald eagles all of which gave us great looks. We then headed north passing dozens of harbor porpoise along the way. Returned to the dock in blue skies and great weather! 

Everett

Trip Highlights:
  • Gray Whales (#53 and #49)
  • Rhinoceros Auklet
  • Pigeon Guillemot
  • Brandt’s Cormorants
  • California Sea Lions
Naturalist Notes:

We started with partly cloudy skies and calm seas. We began the trip with California sea lions on the navy pontoons and one hauled out on a green buoy. Very quickly we had helpful guests spot us a couple of gray whales off the south tip of hat island. They were identified as patch 49 and little patch 53. From afar we saw a big spyhop from one of the whales. We also saw lots of feeding behavior. We decided to head south to looks for other wildlife and found lots of marine birds including the rhinoceros auklet, pigeon guillemot, and Brandt’s cormorants. We also found another gray that had long downtimes and were unable to ID. We headed back to patch and little patch to hang out with them again. As we made our way back to the marina we got another encounter with the California sea lions.

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