Supposedly it’s September, but the last two mornings here have been completely blanketed by fog. All the more adventure we say!
And today it was as we headed directly for the thick of it with rumor of Black and Whites on the other side. Once we reached Cattle Pass the eeriness set in and we were confronted with limited visibility and an immediate chill. The naturalist had everyone’s eyes peeled for creatures that may be lurking amongst the midst, an easy distraction technique that also seconds as help for navigation through the area.
As we made our way deeper into the strait the fog began to lift and wouldn’t ya know it, our friends were there to greet us. Members of J and K pod were spread out, feeding approximately a mile west of Hein Bank (Haro Strait). Cappuccino (K21), Mike(J26), and Blackberry (J27) were all present amongst 20 or so others. Today couldn’t have been better for whale watching as we were surrounded by whales on all sides. Each time we tried to leave, more whales would appear. Blackberry (J27) was the last to greet us and he was brilliant. He rolled over and swam on his side parallel to the boat, raising his pectoral fin, and then moving onto his back, belly up, and throwing his tail up entirely out of the water 5 times in a row!
As we left him and the others to enjoy their home, the fog had lifted for a sunny return to Friday Harbor. Below are some pictures of our wonderful day!
Naturalist Tara, San Juan Safaris