Today we departed a bit late…closer to 250pm and set off east where our whale information was taking us. A short stop in Oak Bay and then a leisurely drift through Strong-tide Channel. A haul out of Pacific Harbour Seals presented themselves for all to see. Onward to Hein Bank where we were told two Minke Whales were around somewhere….we could not find them–>being very tricky and elusive. So off we went to search elsewhere and we so we took off towards Eastern bank which is another relatively shallow under water ridge like Hein but about 75 feet deep as opposed to 20-40 @ Hein. Ah yes, we found ourselves a smaller mink whale who was traveling at a fairly good clip surfacing about every 4 minutes or so. To our surprise he turned abruptly and angled across our path about 130 meters, so we turned off the engines and drifted until the animal was satisfactorily at a distance where we could start up our engines again. He was a little beauty with a fairly sharp steep looking little dorsal fin. From here we continued on a search for other cetaceans…this took as passing by Dungeness Spit lighthouse, Green point, Port Angeles and then up to Race Rocks lighthouse. The wind was no crossing over the waves in the opposite direction so the wave height increased…this was not a problem and was more exciting than anything else. At Race rocks we were pleased to see about 6 elephant seals and one of them was an adult male about 5,000 lbs, also Steller sea lions, and more harbour seals. Very cool trip—literally cool as the sun was dropping lower on the horizon, and when complimented with a bit of sea spray it does provide one with a refreshing experience.
Lots of fun though–Yahoo! Good to back on the water.
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