Saturday, July 3, 2010

It's not Sea World!

One of my very most favorite things on earth is to see animals in their habitat.  It is so much better than the zoo!  It is also more difficult to get good shots.  It certainly isn't for lack of trying.

The boat captain knew the water very well and also knew the whales.  These whales live in the bay.  He said that he believes the whales know the boats by their sounds and could probably identify him by sight as well.  He is, after all, there almost every day.

The captain stopped the boat and turned the engines off so we could hear the whales blow air out of their holes.  It was very exciting.

The whales rose and dove in rhythm of their breath.

Passengers ran back and forth from side to side on the boat trying to get the best pictures.

I did too.

I stood next to a little girl and she was just as excited as I was.  We had never seen whales before.

We loved the rainbow in the water.  It was magical.

This is a King Salmon, it was huge!  It is trying to avoid being eaten for lunch but I'm not sure it was able to escape.  The whale went under the boat chasing the fish and I didn't see it again.

And then we moved on.


Gaelyn said...

Awesome opportunity to see Orcas. I tried to see them once from the whale park opposite Friday Harbor. Can't remember the island's name. Guess that means it's been too long since visits.

Snap said...

Gorgeous shots. I'm with you ... seeing the animals in their natural habitat is so special ... especially the orcas.

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Crafty Gardener said...

What an amazing thing to see the whales. Great photos.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a great trip. The Orca are on my list of things to see. Your photos are great.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

These are simply awesome. I can't think of a better word....awesome!!!!

My CC---She's not a NINJA turtle!! I do hope you can stop by to visit with me.

Have a great weekend.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

My son talked alot about the Orcas when he was in Alaska. They are marvelous, aren't they????? Glad you got to see them..

You took the exact type of trip that I want to take... Love the boat rides... WOW!!!!

Have a wonderful 4th weekend.

Andrée said...

What a beautiful post! Magical, yes. My husband loves fishing king salmon! They are tremendous! You got great, clear shots, by the way. Good work!

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Janie said...

The whales look a bit like the ones I've seen at Sea World, but I agree, it's much cooler to see them in their natural habitat. What an experience!