Saturday September 16
We get underway early and have breakfast as we head out along the same route that we paddled in to Burley Bay on. Bill creates made-to-order omelettes for each of us - very tasty. We're immediately surrounded by fog as we go out into the open water and begin our hunt for the orcas. Initially, the orcas are not where they are supposed to be and we end up going here and there for a while. The value of Bill's tracking radar is immediately apparent as an immense cruise ship suddenly looms out of the fog. Sharon is tuned into the orca boats' radio and we learn that a boat known as the Lakwa has located them, so we steam off. The Niad Explorer also shoots past us in the direction of the Lakwa. Soon we are surrounded by the orcas. They are foraging and we watch them spy-hop, feed and cavort. Males are immense - their dorsal fins are perhaps 8' - 10' high and the young ones seem especially playful. There are perhaps 50 - 60 of them in the immediate area and quite often they come very close to the Columbia presenting some dandy photo opportunities.
We spend a
couple of hours in their midst and are treated to the sight of white-sided
porpoises cavorting amongst them. "Harassing them" says Sharon. Luncheon
As an epilogue, I find out the deal on Karen via an email from Sharon:
& Debb, Karen has torn the muscles away from the bone on her right