Those aboard Mystic Sea’s Whale Watching cruise on Thursday got to see a bit of everything! We had lovely weather and wildlife sightings both in and out of the water. We began our journey traveling to the south side of Lopez Island where we spent 90 minutes with a group of transient orcas as they swam about. This group of 8 to 10 gigantic whales were later identified as the T37As and possibly the T77s. We stayed with them as they demonstrated their beauty and grace before cruising on towards Smith Island. Once there, passengers saw a puffin (which typically happens less than a handful of times each season)! We then ventured on to Minor Island where we stopped to gaze at harbor seals with their pups and a golden eagle as it feasted.
With time to spare, Captain Eric cruised Mystic Sea to Deception Pass where we caught up with a small group of 2-3 minke whales! We then ventured through the pass and turned around to Allan Island where more seals and bald eagles came into view. It was an extraordinary day aboard Mystic Sea, with breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands and the sea, land and sky life the Pacific Northwest has to offer. ~Amy W., Mystic Sea
*Featured photo by RJ Snowberger