30 Minutes in the Life: November 2018: Portland Whale Watching Expedition
Portland was a nice clear day, and so prior to walking the harbor area, we agreed we would book our tickets to go whale watching. Once done, we walked around and then decided to grab something to eat before heading down to the boat to head out for 4 hours.
I will apologize right up front that there is a lot of photo’s but I wanted to keep the Whale watching trip together. This blog will share the trip out. The next one the trip back in.
The whale watching ship looked big enough and there was a good amount of people on board.
I picked the Odyssey because they offer a 3 year option to go back if you do not see whales.
Waiting to depart gave us some time to look around a take a few photographs
I really loved all the reflections on the water.
Finally we are on our way out. I am pretty excited. I have been wanting to see whales for the longest time. In fact since I stood outside in the cold on our 3 hour island trip in Seattle. I did not see a single whale then. So I was eager to get going.
A quick look back to the harbor area of Portland
We were not the only crew heading out exploring.
As we get further out we a different view looking back
This apparently was the largest ship in port.
I love the color of the tug boats, but mmmm do you see what I see….I cannot see the boat behind the tugs that well.
My worst nightmare, the fog is creeping back in.
I can only hope that as we get out the fog will lift.
Big liners in the fog.
Further out and a look back on the city of Portland.
Large working boats in silhouette.
It’s not looking good the fog is wrapping around the boat and we are seeing it behind us now.
A beautiful lighthouse shrouded in fog.
A yacht passed us by in the fog.
A few disgruntled folk with a view of “nothing”
And a few that were feeling the cold.
If there is one thing that Richard hates is the cold. He eventually disappeared inside the cabin area of the boat, while I hung out hopeful that I may still see a whale.
Finally we manage to see a fin. Everyone rushes to the one side. The fin is up close to the boat so we are able to see a little bit more of it but it is not a whale.
Apparently this is the fin of a Sunfish
While you cannot see it well the average length of the Sunfish can be up to 11 ft. National Geographic calls it a floating blob.
The sunfish is apparently the heaviest known bony fish. They can weigh between 500 and 2000 lbs. Sadly it did not stay around too long and we were back looking at the fog.
It fascinated me that in what felt like the middle of nowhere, there were birds flying across the water.
And doing some fishing.
And we hit the turnaround time. To be honest I think we were all ready to head back. The trip was a bust and I was pretty disappointed.
I know that I had high expectations of the whales. I had visions of them dancing on the water for me. No such luck. I hope I do not become jaded on whale watching because I truly think it will be a thrill to see a whale in the wild. Until next time, that was our whale watching trip.
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