Normally I’m doing one trip post a day, usually around dinner. But we just had a fantastic trip whale watching! I do apologize for the lack of pics. I took loads on my camera, but my phone was safely tucked away. The camera pics must wait until I’m home on my computer to share.
There were about 10 of us on the trip, which left at 7pm. We were wrapped up in day glow snowsuits, walking around like the Stay-Puft marshmallow man. The boat sat around 16, so we weren’t crowded. It started off at a decent clip out to Puffin Island, where we saw hundreds of puffins and other birds on the cliffs and In the water. Then we went out to where the whales were.
It took a little while, but Jason saw the first plume and we went to see the humpback whale flip down into the water. We saw the same whale about 5 times before giving up as the fog began to get thick. Suddenly, we took off at a fast clip, whe we all hung on and enjoyed the roller coaster ride! You learned quickly not to stay seated, but flex your legs at each wave to minimize the impact.
About 15 minutes at about 35-40 knots and we came to a fishing boat dead in the water. Evidently his engine had died and we were helping with a sea rescue! We towed him towards port until a rescue boat came to take over. The rescue boat was amend by our own captain’s brother. It’s a small island! Oh, and the fog cleared to reveal a atunning sunset.
We saw a huge bunch of puffins and arctic teens and looked for more whales as the fog rolled in again. So, back to port we came. Jason was in his element, as if captaining the prow of a Viking ship (presumably with a motor) 😄
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