9/12/2010: The cloudy conditions today made for great wildlife spotting on the water. Our first whale of the day was a minke whale just off Lopez Island. This whale was feeding among many birds and bait balls and she was very cooperative. Next we worked our way out toward Victoria and spotted many harbor porpoises, and some harbor seals along the way. Eventually we found two humpback whales swimming together. It was the same two humpback whales we watched yesterday; a female and a youngster. They were very playful when we first arrived.
9/11/2010: We headed southwest for our trip today. Our first whale spotting was just west of Hein Bank where we found a very cooperative minke whale that gave us lots of great, close-up, viewing. It was calm enough out that we could also smell this whale. Next we cruised all the way over toward Port Angeles, and along the way we spotted another minke whale, but we didn't stop because we had four humpback whales nearby that we wanted to visit. We eventually reached the humpbacks. The first two whales were two adults that showed their tail flukes, one right after another, for deep dives.
7/29/2010: We took a route through the inner islands to begin today's trip again today. Our widlife viewing started at Blakely Island where we spotted two bald eagles and a turkey vulture on the shoreline. The way they were gathered made it look like they were feeding on something but we couldn't see what it was. Not far away we spotted several harbor seals hauled out along the rocks. There were a few seal pups in this group. We found the orcas today just as we crossed the Canadian border near South Pender Island. The first three orcas we watched were K13, Skagit, K25, Scoter, and K34, Cali.