All Aboard Sailing

Another minke whale encounter

August 7, 2017 – Afternoon/Evening sail with the same minke whale we found earlier! ┬áIt is easy to ID since it has a small nick on the leading edge of the dorsal fin. The whale popped up several times amongst groups of diving birds consisting of common murres, rhinoceros auklets, and cormorants. We noticed some abandoned nests on Hall Island where the cormorants nest. And, the number of sea lions on Whale Rocks increases every day.

Harbor seals

Harbor seals

Minke whale

Minke whale on Salmon Bank

Minke whale

This is the same minke whale we saw earlier today on our morning sail and also on Aug 4th

Minke whale

Minke whale surfacing in near the birds

Minke whale surfacing in near the birds

Minke whale surfacing in near the birds

Minke whale

Minke whale giving us many good looks at him/her

Rhinoceros auklet with fish

Rhinoceros auklet with fish

Cormorant nests

Many empty cormorant nests on Hall Island – maybe they are foraging

Harbor seal with pup

Harbor seal with pup on Hall Island

Bald eagle chick near its nest on Long Island

Bald eagle chick near its nest on Long Island

Long Island

Long Island

Steller sea lions with Cattle Point Lighthouse

Steller sea lions with Cattle Point Lighthouse

Steller sea lions

Steller sea lions, gulls and cormorants on Whale Rocks

Line of female harlequin ducks

Line of female harlequin ducks swimming near Whale Rocks

Bald eagle

Bald eagle watching the sunset

Harbor seals

Harbor seals near Deadmans Island

Black oyster catchers

Black oyster catchers going to bed

Harbor seals

Harbor seals – Deadman’s Island

Great blue heron

Great blue heron

Heermann's Gull

Heermann’s Gull

Deer

Deer

Sailing in the sunset

Sailing in the sunset back to Friday Harbor

Washington State Ferry with pink sun

Washington State Ferry with pink sun