All Aboard Sailing

Triple header – minke, humpback and orcas

August 10, 2017 – Today was one of those days where we really wanted to go for it – and so we did. First up – Pit stop in the raging current in Cattle Pass to check out two bald eagles on Deadman’s Island before continuing on to see the¬†sea lions and seals hauled out at Whale Rocks. Sailing around Salmon Bank we found a minke whale – the same one we’ve seen recently (8/4 and 8/7) with a tiny nick on the leading edge of the dorsal fin. There was a report of a humpback northwest of us 4 miles away heading our direction so we changed course to meet him/her. The humpback was surfacing¬†regularly but making very slow progress as it appeared to be resting. No deep dives or showing off it’s tail flukes. But best of all was a report of transient killer whales (T10’s and T60’s) about 8 miles south of us traveling toward Smith Island. Our passengers really wanted to see the orcas, so we went for it. We made it just in time as the orcas decided to stop for hunting deep in the shallows (some areas show 6 ft deep on the chart) for seals hauled out on the sand bar. Incredible to watch them in action. It was our first time seeing this island up close – so many huge kelp beds. We also saw about 4-6 tufted puffins… Sadly though, we did not see T10B and he appears to be missing. He was a very big male with a huge, unmistakable dorsal fin. T10B – We won’t forget you!!

Bald eagles

Pair of bald eagles on Deadman’s Island

Harbor seals, steller sea lions, Cattle Pt Light

Harbor seals, steller sea lions, Cattle Pt Light

Steller sea lion

Steller sea lion on top of Whale Rocks

Pelagic and 1 double crested cormorant

Pelagic cormorants and 1 double crested cormorant with his wings spread

Fried egg jellyfish

Huge fried egg jellyfish

Gulls feeding on a bait ball

Gulls feeding on a bait ball

Minke whale

Minke whale hanging out near Salmon Bank

Minke whale

Minke whale who has a tiny nick on leading edge of dorsal fin

Humpback whale

Sleepy humpback whale

Humpback whale

Humpback whale

Orcas hunting near Smith Island

Orcas hunting near Smith Island

Orcas hunting near Smith Island

Orcas hunting near Smith Island

T60C

Male transient orca, T60C

Male orca headstand

Male orca headstand

Orca spy peep

Orca spy peep

T60C

T60C showing off his hooked fin

T10

T10 – estimated birth year 1963

T10C

T10C – born 1999

T60D hunting near the sand spit

T60D hunting near the sand spit – notice the harbor seals

T60D hunting near the sand spit

T60D hunting near the sand spit

T60's near Smith Island

T60F spy hop

Smith Island

Smith Island

Orcas hunting near Smith Island

Orcas hunting near Smith Island

Tufted Puffin

Tufted Puffin

Smith Island

Smith Island

Sailing back towards Cattle Pass in the sunset

Sailing back towards Cattle Pass in the sunset

Bald eagle

Bald eagle

Bald eagle nest

Bald eagle nest on Long Island

Bald eagle chick who left the nest

Bald eagle chick who left the nest

Pair of bald eagles

Pair of bald eagles still sitting on Deadman’s Island

Common murres in the sun streak

Common murres in the sun streak