Sun Aug 27 – Whale Watching
We never stopped looking and found them again!
On a gorgeous day with excellent visibility, we headed out in search of cetaceans. We had reports of whales and dolphins near the lighthouse and we found them quickly, within 3 nautical miles. The humpback we saw was one we’d seen in late July, and there were about 50 inshore common dolphins swimming around us as well. We had reports of other whales to the east, where we’d been seeing them for a few weeks. Alas, they were gone. We headed back to where we’d seen our first whale, and found it again because it breached off in the distance. As we approached, we began to see other humpback blows. In fact, we found two associated pairs of humpbacks in addition to our first whale of the trip. We also found our typical array of Cory’s and Great shearwaters, as well as Wilson’s storm petrels. We got back to the dock about 20 minutes late, but the delay was well worth it.
5 Humpback whales
50 Inshore bottlenose dolphins
160 Cory’s shearwaters
57 Great shearwaters
13 Wilson’s storm petrels
~200 Common terns (in one area about ~5 nm out)
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BIG NEWS- The Viking Fleet has added 2 additional September dates: 9/6 and 9/17. Book your trip with us today! Please remember to bring cash to purchase food from the galley and our 50/50 raffle, should you wish to participate. We hope to see you soon!