Hanson Island to Nigeil Island
We knew today would be a big move day - we were moving the ship from Hanson
Island to the top of the Vancouver Island. We knew the Queen Charlotte
Straight was a grate place to see whales and we were treated early.
Getting out of Hanson island we came upon a large pod of 30+ Orca's.
The whales were staying mostly on the surface, breathing every 30 seconds
or so. One particularly curious whale came up to our boat and gave us
a good looking over. With a push of its powerful tail the whale dove
underneath the boat and surfaced on the other side.
The Pod was going south (roughly toward Robson Bight) we were going North
so we spit ways. As we passed Malcome Island we saw a few
single orca's with different behaviour than the pod we saw earlier - they
were diving for about three minutes and then surfacing with for two breaths
and then diving again.
We continued driving North West when we noticed another visitor - a Coast
Guard Zodiak! The Coast Guard had picked up a faint distress call in
our general direction and stopped to ask us if we had either seen the boat
or heard more of the distress call. Unfortunately we didn't see or hear
the distress call so the Zodiak continued in it's search.
As we continued North West we passed a floating city - Carnival's Spirit.
This massive ship can carry 2,124 passengers - many more than the 12 passengers
on the curve of time. Most amazing - they have a water slide a luxury
not available on the curve. Of course their chance of seeing whales
is pretty close to 0.
We continued north - and passed Scarlett Point Lighthouse. This light
house is still manned. It seems this light house was a gateway into
the wilder part of the BC coast line.
We were generally looking for Sea Otters. Sea otters are unfortunately
pretty rare but Jan had heard that a group had migrated down to Hope island.
We figured that Shadwell passage (between Hope Island and Vansittart Island)
would be a sheltered location for sea otters to call home. We went out
for a paddle to look for their little brown heads floating in the kelp.
Ruth Brought us back some samples! She brought up a large piece
of Giant Kelp (Giant Perennial Kelp) that had two snails on it - a Purple
Ring Top Snail and a Black Turban (Black Tegula). She also managed
to find a number of shells - Purple Sea Urchin Shell, a Japanese (Northern)
Abalone shell and Plate Limpet shell. What's amazing about these samples
is how long lived these animals (except the Urchin) can be - over 80 years
We moved the boat to protected harbour on Nigei Island and anchored for
the night and prepared for our early departure the next morning.
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