We were woke slightly earlier than planned this morning but could tell by the excitement in the voice of our expedition leader Cindy Manning that it was something worth getting up for. A group between eight to ten humpback whales were bubble-net feeding right off our bow! After watching the whales go through several rounds of bursting through the sea surface, it was time for both them, and us, to make our way to enjoy the rest of our day. For us, it was seeking shelter from an approaching storm. For the whales, who knows where, who knows when? But we hope we’ll meet again some sunny day.
National Geographic Quest
Slight shifts are noticeable to the discerning eye aboard the National Geographic Quest . The days are shortening and darkness at night is deepening. The early bird guests aren’t up quite as early as previous evenings, as whale watching kept them up late. The beautiful hum of conversation envelops the lounge as guests share their experiences of wonder. Petersburg provided the backdrop for today’s activities: walks around the muskeg and Petersburg Mountain, Zodiac cruising amongst the fishing fleet and canneries, and bike riding with a short walk in some old growth forest. In the late afternoon on my return to the Quest , I espied a Bonaparte’s gull in the channel and wished him a good day.