September 9, 2009

I found myself remarking today, "well, I guess it is autumn now," only to have someone respond "oh, it's fall already?" Perhaps I was jumping the gun a bit, but with such a sunny hot summer the slightest bit of rain and wind getting me dreaming of fall. Today fit right in with my illusions and provided guests with a real pacific northwest experience. Luckily, many guests aboard the MV Sea Lion were coming from hot climates (Texas, for example) and were enjoying the rain showers and cool weather as much as I was.

We caught up with the whales along the northwest side of San Juan Island and travelled back and forth with them from there and Kellet Bluff. Although there was a bit of rain here and there, it was a beautiful day - one guest commented on how amazing it was the water and sky were the same shades of gray and blending together so it was hard to tell where one ended and the other began. The whales travelled back and forth, many were along the shorelines, and a few were offshore. We had some great views of J1 & likely J22. We also some some porpoising and apparent fishing action from J14 and her calf J44.

The day was made extra wonderful by the abundance of wildlife we had tacked on to the already fantanstic time spent with the orcas! We saw multiple bald eagles, dozens and dozens of harbor seals, a quick glipse or two of a stellar sea lion, and a multitude of seabirds.

Yet another great day in the islands,
Ashley Naturalist

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