As I was shopping at Stubbs Whale Tour shop, I ran into Heike, owner of the Whale tour company. She is our neighbor for the summer. After small talk she asked me if we had taken their tour yet. “Not yet,” I said. “How about going on the 5 p.m. tour tomorrow?” Silly question!!!
Tuesday ended up being our hottest day here so far and that made for a great 3 hour trip starting at 5 p.m. for us.
We left the mouth to Telegraph Cove and immediately came across Orcas. Allison, our naturalist guide told us this is a family of mom, brother, 2 daughters and 2 cousins. They can tell by their dorsal fins who they are. Fife, the male has a nick in his fin from a vessel. And the mom is the boss and leader!
This is the Lukwa, “a place in the forest.” Our captain, was Wayne, who also lives next door to us. He has been on these waters for 60. First as a RCMP and then as a captain for Stubbs Island.
Heike’s dog, Cleo, keeps watch on the boardwalk everyday.
Dale looking for Orcas.
Only a tiny fin here but the water was really cool after the dive.
We followed these whales for about 1.5 hours. They are fish eating whales. About half way through the time we spent watching them, some White Belled Porpoises came along aggravating the Orca. Splashes occurred.
On the way to the seals, two Dall Porpoise came along side the boat and got right next to it. They can travel like 55 kph. They were going so fast. In and out under the boat. No photo because we were so amazed to actually fully see them. They zoomed off to the right lickety-split.
Once we got under way, we were head to Black Fish Strait. Here we saw the Stellar Seals, largest in the world and bigger than a grizzly.
I spotted these eagles a little to late. Actually I saw the one in the top and the other after editing the photo! I guess it is mating season.
Some scenes from the strait. Smoke from Canada came in pretty good today.
Look who else is fishing.
We could see the humpbacks blowing way off or “puffing” as Capt. Wayne said. We were off the north tip of Malcolm Island and got around 4 humpbacks. They weren’t very photogenic today.
When looking for humpbacks, one always looks for birds who are attacking a bait ball. The fish, herrings, is what humpbacks eat.
Allison was able to get this one!
Captain Wayne put us on the boat first so got a great spot. I actually sat up above my head most of the time. And then in the back. We would run from the front to the back and then up front. We had a great day for whale watching.
As we went back into Telegraph Cove, the sun was setting and gave us a great sunset.
For more great, great photo’s head on over to the Stubbs website.
Life is great! Again, God’s creation is breath taking.