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It was a stunning afternoon out on the ocean as our Zodiac boat “Riptide” cut through the water. The Olympic Mountains to the South were impressive in stature and to the East we could see the beautiful Mount Baker.

Mount Baker
Mount Baker. Photo taken by Captain Yves.

 

We travelled to the South and East towards Dungeness Spit where we were lucky enough to come across some Transient Killer whales. It was the T18s and the T37As, approximately 9 animals!

Transient Killer Whales. Photo taken by Captain Ian with a zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

They had spread out into two separate groups but were travelling in the same direction. T19B, a member of the T18s, is always an interesting animal to see as he is a big male with a floppy dorsal fin.

T19B Transient Killer Whale. Photo taken by Captain Ian with a zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

Once we had viewed the Transient Killer whales, we continued our search for more wildlife in the Easterly direction. It was our luck day and we came across our second whale species of the day: the Humpback whale!

A Humpback Whale Tail. Photo taken by Captain Ian with a zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

There were two animals surfacing and diving together. In addition, we also spotted the blows of more Humpback whales off in the distance.

Humpback Whales. Photo taken by Captain Ian with a zoom lens and heavily cropped.

 

On our cruise home we enjoyed a peaceful moment with the normally elusive Harbour Porpoise. We turned the engines off, listened and watched as they came to the surface to breathe, with the start of the evening’s sunset as a backdrop. A magical way to end the trip.

Sunset on the Salish Sea. Photo taken by Captain Ian.
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