After a foggy start to the morning, Skipper Geoff caught up with a very friendly Minke Whale at Constance Bank. While Minke Whales are usually quite shy, this one gave the passengers a great look, surfacing at least eight times in a very short period of time. Shortly after departing the scene, the weather cleared up and we met all 24 members of J-pod (Southern Resident Killer Whales). The whales were travelling nice and slowly and toward the end of the trip started playing around with a few spyhops and tail slaps.
In the afternoon, we again caught up with J-pod, and wow, they were in a great mood! We saw five breaches and at least ten spyhops. For the passengers it was a great trip because the boats were on scene for a whole hour, which gave them a chance to really learn about the whales and how they behave in their natural environment. In the words of crew member Krista, “It was epic!”