Enough of the Minke whales all ready! After reports of a gray whale near Whiterock, BC (triple the usual distance for our tours–110 miles round trip)–the choice was easy. We set off straight for Whiterock in Boundary bay to find a lone Gray whale feeding in the shallows: about 12-24 feet deep. Being a benthic feeder and a baleen whale, they dive to the bottom, tip on their sides, open their mouths and shovel huge amounts of sand and muck into them. Literally what ever lives in the sand or on the surface is going down the hatch: this may include but not be limited to, ghost shrimp, clams, crabs, sea urchins, etc. The disadvantage of such a feeding technique means that you may accidentally pick up a rubber boot, plastic bags, cans and other non-biodegradable items. This has a negative impact on the animals taking up valuable space in their stomachs which limits the amount of good food to be digested and used, as a result they starve to death over a long period of time. At any rate the experience was a private one being the only boat on scene taking in all that is wild with this gray whale..very cool! As we did not have any time restrictions on board we took our time going home and stopped off to see steller sea lions at East Point on Saturna Isl, stopped off at Speiden Isl. to see the Mufflon sheep and deer along with about a dozen eagles flying over head. Time was ticking and the fresh air was overwhelming…some power napping on the boat, we made it home after an epic 5 hour journey and sipped a cup of hot chocolate.
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