Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday, June 19

We couldn't have asked for better sighting conditions today! Both trips were flat-calm and beautiful. This morning we found lots of minke whales, some more cooperative than others!  At one point we were surrounded by 3 all at once!
This afternoon was filled with several minke whales, too. The first couple were a bit elusive but then our sharp-eyed passengers found us a very nice one! We spent a bit of time with this one:

And as we were waiting, we saw a splash near by. We waited and watched and soon the mystery breacher did it again! It was a basking shark jumping out of the water! So cool!  We tried to get some closer looks but the shark wasn't hanging out at the surface. 

As we headed back to shore, we encountered a small fin waving back and forth- an ocean sunfish! This one was relatively small, about 2 feet in diameter, and we managed to circle around it to get some great views. My photos don't do it justice.

As we neared shore, we spotted another elusive basking shark and a seal! And some of our passengers spotted a couple of harbor porpoises! The variety of life in the area was great!
Thanks for joining us today!

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