It was with some quiet and serene passengers that Mark plunged into the unknown this morning. The sky was clear, but the waves were sizable, so Mark opted to stick to calmer water and man, did it pay off!
We work very closely with other companies on the water in order to locate whales. No one can do it by themselves, there’s just too much water out here! But when you fan out to search for whales, some people get luckier than others, and Mark was one of those people today. He decided to go north into Haro Strait, while another boat went west, where we’ve been seeing humpbacks regularly.
Maybe Mark is just a lucky guy. Maybe he’s got whale spies. Maybe the whales like him. Maybe he can smell whales. Or maybe, with 17 years of experience in the business, Mark just knows where the whales are going to be. That seemed to be the case today, because there were none out west, and he found two humpback whales at Kelp Reef, in the middle of Haro strait!
But these weren’t just any humpbacks. These were snuggly humpbacks! Snuggling, also called mugging, is an unusual behaviour when a whale develops an affinity, or curiosity for a boat, and just enjoys sitting next to it.
So that’s what they did. Mark had his engines off, and these humpbacks approached and just sat there, beside his boat, chilling. Mark had to put his camera away because the mist from the whales’ blow was getting it wet!
So cool! Although apparently it didn’t smell great. Humpback breath rarely does.
After this exceptional experience there was enough time for a quick (but bumpy) ride over to Race Rocks to check out the seals and sea lions before returning home.
Passengers were beaming from the encounter, though still didn’t say too much. I think they were speechless.
We’re got a trip almost confirmed for 12pm tomorrow. Friday looks like it’s going to be gorgeous, and we’ve had lots of inquiries, so if fair-weather whale watching is more your thing, you should join us then!
Remember, this time of year is full of humpbacks, but we’re always looking for transient killer whales as well. Help us confirm boats by booking early so we can go find them!
By Jennifer Dickson