west coast diaries - part seven: minke whales at 12 o'clock















May 19. We woke up early to walk the dogs on the beach and get ready, then we headed out for a whale watch at eleven. The boat was harbored in Anacortes, so we boarded and got to know everything and headed out to open waters around the islands -- or in between the islands.

It was a lovely and perfect day. Though the wind was freezing, the water was very calm and the sun was shining. We saw a Minke whale fin here and there for a while, then finally in the distance hundreds of birds were spotted. Where there's a flock of birds, apparently, there are whales. Because the bait fish that whales eat are the same kind of fish seagulls like, they'll try to get in on the pickins. It's all very scientific. Among the birds we spotted at least four Minke whales! They were feeding and breaching all over the place. One of them even rolled over and showed its tail.

Unfortunately, this was when the captain announced that we had to start heading back to be at harbor by five o’clock, and there was also a Canadian whale watching boat coming closer to see the Minke whales, so we headed back home. I took lots of pictures, but regretted (again) not having a fancy zoom lens to get some really good shots. Even so, it was a wonderful day.

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love,
abbiee

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  1. That's still so breathtaking! I've never gotten to see whales that up close before -- that's something strictly out of the movies. Gah! God has made a wonderful world.

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    1. Thank you so much, Erin!! I do hope to see whales (preferably orcas) up close some time, but getting to see them from a distance was super cool. And yes, God certainly has made a wonderful world. <3

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  2. Wow, gorgeous photos! Though I don't know if I could take a trip on a boat; my mom and I both suffer from motion-sickness...so maybe I'll just stick to admiring photos like yours :P

    O | Life as a Young Lady

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    1. Aaww, that's too bad. :( There are some places where you see whales from shore, though; in fact, (spoiler alert!) we saw some gray whales off the coast of Cali from a lookout point -- it was so cool. (Pictures to come soon! Hehe.) Thank you so much, Olivia!! I'm glad you liked this post. ^.^

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  3. Ahhhhh so beautiful! I really want to see whales some time.

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    1. Thank you, Hannah!! You shall sometime. <3

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  4. SO BEAUTIFUL. YOUR PICTURES JUST TRANSPORTED ME THERE. YOU ARE WONDERFUL.
    ps mentioned you in a post on my blog just thought you should know ;)

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS. <3 You're so sweet. Thank you!! And thank you for the mention on your blog!! You are da bomb, girl. *hugs and squeeezes*

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  5. TAKE ME THERE. Ugh, you captured this beautifully <3

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    1. Eeeep. ♥ Thank you, Lauren!!

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  6. Oh my gosh. Your photos are a sight to behold. <3

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    1. omg thank you!! ♥♥♥

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  7. SCREAMS. you capture adventure in your heart and lens, darling. it's a wonder. ♥

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    1. eeeep!! <3 Thank you so much, Cally!! ^.^

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  8. I love the way you've edited these photos! They're gorgeous :)
    x Erin
    The Halfway Point Blog

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    1. Thank you so much, Erin!! :)

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