Whale Island Travel Guide

  • Fin Whale -- photo Diane
    Fin Whale -- photo Diane
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  • Sea Otter -- Photo Diane
    Sea Otter -- Photo Diane
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  • Orcas --Photo Diane
    Orcas --Photo Diane
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Whale Island Things to Do

  • Dall's Porpoise

    The smallest of the ceatations, the Dall's Porpoise looks like a miniture Orca, sporting the black and white motif. They are also very fast swimmers, and frightfully hard to photograph, most of the time you just get splashes. They are very friendly and will come very close to the boat.

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  • Puffins

    Peggy asked me, before the trip, if we would see puffins, and I told her I could guarantee it. They are everywhere. Puffins are comical looking birds, sort of like a toucan that has been punched in the nose. They have a short multi-colored beak which falls off after mating. There are two varieties common in these parts, horned and tufted.This guy...

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  • Bird Point -- Kittiwakes

    As you leave Whale Passage you pass "Bird Point" where you will see lots of kittiwakes (sea gulls to those of you who are not birders) Here you can see vast numbers in a small area. They are hanging around the fishing boats in this picture.

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  • Sea Otters

    Sea Otters are common in these waters, so keep an eye out. They are actually members of the weasel family. They usually float on their backs and eat, consuming 25% of their weight each day (and you thought you had an appetite). Sea Otters have a rich pelt and were hunted to near extinction. Now on the endangered specie list, they hae staged a...

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  • Fin Whale

    Fin Whales are Baleen Whales. The whales mouth looks like an air filter in your car. The baleen filters the whales food, which is mostly tiny organisms, hard to believe.The Fin Whale is the second largest whale after the blue whale and can grow to upwads of 80 tons! They are not prone to beaching, as the humpbacks, and you usually see there backs...

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  • Ocra Whales

    The Orca or "Killer Whale" is easy to spot with his large dorsal fin and black and white motif. They travel in pods, sometimes a family unit, with poppa (the biggest fin) his female, and some calfs. Orcas are toothed whales, and eat meat.

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Whale Island Nightlife

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    by kaloz Written Aug 30, 2003

    You might not want to come indoors, but the bar on the Tustemena has a large window, and you will see whales. The hours are very limited: noon to 2pm, and 6: to 9:pm. Barely time enough to toast all the new friends you made from the Solarium Deck.

    Here's to Pete, Nate, Amber, Kaloz, Diane, and Sarah. Happy Travels. (I told them all about VT -- let's see if any of them join in the fun)

    Dress Code: Come as you are. All are welcome.

    A hearty band
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Whale Island Transportation

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    by kaloz Written Aug 30, 2003

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    From April to October the Tustemena makes a monthly run through Whale Passage. Be sure to book early or you will end up camping on the deck. (the way I prefer to travel) While travelling through Whale Passage you will have lots of company spotting whales and other sea life, and you will spend lots of time running from side to side to try t see it all.

    M/V Tustemena
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Whale Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by kaloz Written Aug 30, 2003

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    You never know when or where a whale might appear, and trying to photograph them can be frustrating. I have lots of pictures of the splash, but no whale.

    Take lots of film, or film cards, and keep trying. That great shot to amaze your friends is out there for the patient and the lucky.

    Splash!
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