Protection Island

What began as a migratory bird boat trip turned into a whale spotting adventure for a few of us hardy souls. It was hovering around 30° as we left Port Townsend and the wind chill and icy water dragged the temperature down at least a dozen degrees. Lots of gulls, cormorants, harbor seals, a wide-eyed buck and a stately pair of eagles on Protection Island.

The real fun was riding the deck side-rail in choppy surf and coming upon a pair of Humpback whales slowly making their way toward Hawaii. It’s unusual to see them in these waters this late in the season.

A wonderful way to wrap up the year. I will have a New Year’s post later this weekend, but for now, enjoy our breezy trip out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca just north of Discovery Bay. Sometimes life feels so big!

8 Comments on “Protection Island

  1. Fun in the sun! So happy to see whales though thee entanglement grooves will always make me sad.

    • Yes, agreed. Surprising sight. Humpback for the win. I can see those deep grooves in a few pictures and it is pretty sad knowing what caused them. I wonder if that had anything to do with their delay heading south?

    • Oh, Deb, it was very cool. The whales were a surprise and really saved the day. Fun adventure. Look forward to going back in spring for the Puffins!

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