Today was our first public whale watching trip after having been in the boat yard engaged in engine replacements for the past three months. A single 2.5 hour trip left the SEA Landing at 12 noon. Needless to say it was great to get fresh salt air, bright sunshine, magnificent views, and…we closely watched a grand total of six northbound Pacific gray whales. All four of the brand new engines worked flawlessly delivering higher speeds, a smoother ride, less polluting exhaust and greater fuel economy. Seas were glassy with no wind, but a little swell remained from the wind that blew through yesterday. The skies were a mixture of bright sunny blue and billowing majestic white clouds. The above water vistas were great too, as you could see all of the details of island topography and the mainland as well. Our first gray whale was located about 4 miles off Hendrys beach and we followed it along for a while until the crew saw some activity in the water ahead. The surface commotion was caused by three very active adult gray whales that were engaged in “socialization“ that included rolling around, swimming upside down, swimming on their sides and spy hopping. It made you wonder what was going on down there hidden beneath the surface. Two additional Whales found a bit closer to shore as we were turning the boat to head back to the harbor.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store
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—-— Attached photo courtesy of staff photographer, Adam Ernster.