June 30, 2013

A Minke for this Sunny Summer Day

With not a cloud in the sky today, Captain Mike, Naturalist Heather and myself departed Friday Harbor with our guests and headed south, to where Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan De Fuca meet, to check out a Minke whale. This Minke whale was very interesting to watch. I say interesting because usually Minke whales are very scattered and don't surface in the same area. This Minke looked as though it was traveling in the same direction and kept going that one way. Most guests got some spectacular pictures of this Minke and what made it spectacular was having Mount Baker in the background. I love clear days like this because of the mountains in the area. We were south of San Juan Island and our guests were seeing the Olympic Mountains, Mount Baker, and even Mount Rainier. Usually being down south we can encounter some pretty rough water, but the water was like glass. It was an absolutely beautiful day out on the water!

Aimee, Naturalist- M/V Sea Lion, San Juan Safaris