We are normally back to the float for a picnic lunch around 1:00 but that may vary depending on the tide. If the high tide is later in the morning then we have an earlier lunch and return to the skiff do we can go up the river. If the guest have had enough of the grizzly bears and lunch we start to head down Knight Inlet for the forty kilometer (25 mile) ride back to the lodge on Minstrel Island. The an hour and quarter boat trip may take two or more hours some times due to the afternoon winds and the desire for a comfortable ride but most often because of the side trips to enjoy the scenery of the inlet and to look for more black bears and dolphins. …..tomorrow starts a Whale watching safari.
The amazing aspect of this breaching was the location and number of breaches. We were on a whale watching safari at Cracroft point with a pod of resident killer whales that were feeding on the salmon feeding on the herring in the fast water of the tide ripe. The humpback was in the same area feeding on the herring when it started to do this lunging and coming down with a load slap. This occurred in an arc on the outside of the killer whales. The arc was over 200 meters (yards) long and the lunging was repeated eleven times in a row. It did not seem to bother the orca so it happened a second time but only eight lunges. The orca kept feeding and the humpback returned to it’s herring and the guest got a great show and pictures.
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