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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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.