September 29, 2012
Tara's Final Report
Well whale watchers, itâs been a great season! Today was my final tour and a memorable one. We started off with a Minke Whale sighting in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Salmon Bank. This whale couldnât seem to get enough of the crowd, surfacing more times than Iâve ever seen a Minke Whale do so. After traveling with him for a while, we decided to head further west in search of more critters. We soon found 15+ Dallâs Porpoise just a couple miles offshore of Eagle Point. This was only the second time Iâve seen these animals in all the 5 months Iâve spent on the water here, so I was running around the boat squealing and pointing like a little kid at Disneyland. They eventually began to play with us, riding with the water of our bow and also in the wake of our stern. Simply awesome! We then headed for home, stopping by the eagles nest on Long Island where a mature Bald Eagle sat perched near the top of a tree just afore the nest and swung by Whale Rocks to see the massive mumbling and grumblingÂ Steller Sea Lions.
Itâs been a whale of a season to say the least, and I will deeply miss the water, the animals, the adventure, and most importantly the crew! But until next time my friendsâ¦Â
Naturalist Tara, San Juan Safaris