Saturday, August 13
So, we’re anchored at Wahkana Bay off Tribune Channel. A twenty-mile day from Greenway Sound. We came here hoping to see some bears and catch some crab.
We just anchored and we’re sitting 100 feet or so from shore and overheard sits an eagle watching from his perch and along the shoreline lumbers a big ‘ol black bear. Wow! We can see his muscles ripple just under his very ample coat.
But, that’s not the topper for the day, that’s just the dessert. On the way here I saw an orca do a full-on breach with a huge splash. Ann grabbed the camera with the telephoto and we proceeded to watch an incredible display for the next 30 or so minutes. It looked like the orcas had herded some salmon into a small cove and were feeding. They would slash through, circle, then one would do a tail splash and on it would go. They were clearly very busy. Then after half an hour they came out from the cove and seemed to relax; and both of us commented that they just seemed “happy”. They were “goofing”. I’m thinking they were fully fed and having a good time. There was more tail slapping, and a couple of full out of the water breaches. I caught one where the orca was full-on horizontal about 10 feet out of the water.
The Canadian trifecta; orca, eagle, bear….happy cruisers!
By the way, the crab trap has been deployed and a couple of seals are swimming around it eyeing it very carefully. There is an anchovy and some lingcod inside. Crossing fingers for crab tomorrow!