This afternoon we started off our tour heading North towards some whales two hours off the dock. As we were cruising North towards these whales, we stopped around Pea Pod rocks where we saw harbor seals and a bald eagle on top of the navigation marker. We then continued North all the way North of Active Pass where we arrived on scene with over a dozen killer whales! They were spending tons of time out on the surface where they were tail slapping, spy hopping and breaching! The whales were very active but as time passed, we had to make our way back towards Anacortes… until we heard report of two humpbacks just up a couple minutes away! We went and saw them fluke a couple of times until we had to wave goodbye and make our way back to the dock! It was an amazing trip on a not so amazing weather day, which just goes to show that whales can be found rain or shine!:)
We had such a wonderful humpback-y time today! We were only out of the harbor for maybe 15 minutes before a passenger made our first whale sighting (likely HB) that McKenna also saw, but this whale didn’t resurface within sight again. We waited on it for a bit while Nate gathered intel on other humpback sightings up near the rock pile. We headed up that way and were met with a nice long humpback feeding show. We saw everything! Lunge-feeding, pectoral fin slaps, lobbing, splashes and tail flukes upon tail flukes. Our passengers were so excited and really played a big role in spotting whales today! After spending quite a bit of time wandering through the Rock Pile area (there were up to 8 humpbacks recorded in this area today!) we took a jaunt up to Race Rocks and saw our California Sealions and one half of the Bald Eagle mated pair. It was a full day of wildlife today, and our passengers were happy and excited when we returned and appeared to have a great time despite of the rain that made it over to us on the way back.
Thanks a bunch!