Monday, November 17, 2008

-- whale watching in the Pacific Northwest

So yesterday we went whale-watching.
A Dall's porpoise swims gracefully off towards the horizon.

Me on the ferry.

It takes about an hour to go from Whidbey Island to San Juan Island on the ferry (Anacortes to Friday Harbor). The ferry has cozy areas to sit and liquify while gazing out the window. Would be a most awesome commute though it's expensive -- $45 for a roundtrip ferry pass!

Taking pictures on the topside ferry deck.

Dan about to get into the boat. We chose Maya's Whale Watching because we like the more personalized experience of a smaller boat and also because of the great feeling I got when talking to the captain, Jim Maya. He was excellent, could spot eagles and wildlife from afar and was a very warm and interesting person.
Views of the Puget Sound

The water was silky smooth and the temperature a gentle (for this time of year) 50 degrees, a beautiful day to look for cetaceans.

We spotted a minke whale (which looked like a distant blip on my tiny point-n-shoot so I didn't bother) but also ran across a pod of Dall's porpoises.
Dall's porpoises

A Dall's porpoise arcs gracefully out of the water.

Inside the boat, a fellow traveler eyes a whale ID sheet while captain Jim Maya keeps an eagle eye out on ripples and other signs of underwater activity.
Dan could never tire of this.

Video! (20 seconds)

And another (1 minute):


kevin forgot said...

hey i already gave you blogroll love so don't be jealous!! anyway, i turned that dude down. ;-)

Libby said...

that looks like so much fun! absolutely beautiful photos:-)

bodelou said...

wow. so cool. so jealous!

justacoolcat said...

Those Dall's porpoises shots are beautiful.

hautepocket said...

I don't think I will ever tire of your photos and videos!

tony a.k.a. isweatbutter said...

you guys take FANTASTIC photos, but you know what i miss?

the hand-drawn, spanglish cartoons!

Michele Wassell said...

Great photos and enjoyed the video. :)

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