We went out on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. When we got to the office they bundled us up in warm water proof floatable gear...hats, gloves, pants, jacket. We got on the boat and headed out. Immediately we knew were were in good hands, as Captain Dale, who has a Masters degree in marine biology, begins to run down his credentials....including work with National Geographic.
We went out and saw the very loud seal island with several varieties of seals and sea lions on an island with a manned lighthouse. Then we headed out towards the ocean and within 15 minutes of leaving the seals we saw our first hump back....magical! I believe we say a total of 7 elegant humpbacks. Captain Dale did a wonderful job of explaining their culture, the relationships between mother, grandmother, aunts, cousins etc. He also explained how they know which whale is which. His love of the whales & sincere love of his job made the whole thing more delightful. At some point he had a hunch and took us way out (in his very fast boat), and we spotted a pod of beautiful Orcas. We traveled with them for about 30 minutes just watching them interact and move together. What a thrill!
If I ever go back, I WILL be joining Eagle Wing for my whale watching experience. Don't miss it...a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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