A Surprise in Queen Charlotte Sound
Was it an otter or a log? I couldn’t tell — but I know a humpback when I see one.
“You're right this time. It is an otter,” he said, and we began pointing it out to our guests. They enjoyed the sight. We both explained that seeing sea otters in Queen Charlotte Sound was a first for us.
We left the sea otters and the protection of Vancouver Island. There was a bit of swell, but it was low and comfortable -- the kind of motion that can lull you to sleep. The sun came out, and soon we were abeam Cape Caution. We changed course to make our way up Fitz Hugh Sound.
When we reached Calvert Island, we spotted our first humpback whale of the year. I saw it blow. We pointed it out to our guests, and I fumbled for my camera. I was hoping to get a good picture, but as soon as I got out the door, I heard everyone ohh-ing about the whale’s fluke going down. It was going to be a while before the whale resurfaced.
We waited, and we joked about how nice it was to watch humpbacks because while they were underwater, we all had time to delete the bad pictures before it came back. Then Jeffrey spotted the whale again. It had moved farther away in the wrong direction for us. We watched it grow distant and dive. When it did, we continued on. We spent the night in Sea Otter Cove, a fitting anchorage for the day.
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