April 16, 2011

Today was one of the sunniest, most beautiful days we have had all month, just in time for the official start of our season.  The waters were calm as we headed out of the harbor toward Jones Island.  The seals seemed to be as appreciative of the sun as we were and literally covered every exposed rock we passed by.  Bald eagles were out in abundance and the passengers enjoyed seeing them both in flight as well as resting atop the trees.

We caught a quick glimpse of a shy harbor porpoise and then were treated to a great view of a half-dozen stellar sea lions hauled out on the rocks.  We cruised up around Stewart Island where the more heartier passengers braved the wind and caught a little spray.  Soon we tucked around the corner back into the lee of the islands where we saw more eagles, seals, and an abundance of cormorants and other sea birds.

The orcas managed to elude us today but the rest of the wildlife was fantastic.  All in all it was a great start to the season.  It was great to be back out on the water!

Laura, Naturalist