So I didn't have time to finish my painting on site. I will finish it later for sure! Until then, here's a sneak peak at my view.
and another really good option ....
Alaska and Hawaii have a few things in common. One being the distance to travel the lower 48 states, lower from here anyway. Another thing is the whales that breed where it's warm and teach where it's cool. Aboard our ship, the captain was surprised and almost as excited as we were to find orcas still in the waters and not far from the shore. We watched a large pod for what seemed like an hour with a sensational back drop of Mendenhall Glacier.
It took these guys a few minutes to stop fishing before they realized the crowd they were keeping. And yes, that is a lot of people in a little boat in that deep cold water.
So sweet and special to witness such majesty.
Our initial search on this little boat holding only 16 people was to find some humpbacks. These orcas were such a delight but onward said Captain Nick. Ashley, our naturalist, was explaining what we might see if we were lucky enough to find the enormous under water mammals. Humpbacks would only show there backs and probably a blow from the spout. It was unlikely that we would catch a glimpse of a tail but we did!!! Not only did we see the tail but this!!!!!!!! Which we were told would not happen.
Six times it happened!! I'll share more photos later when I'm not on my IPad but I've got to say again... What a whale of a day!!!