Westport seabirds, whales, dolphins

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Westport seabirds, whales, dolphins

Post by oldsalt » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:02 am

Once again, I went to sea with Phil and Chris Anderson of Westport Seabirds. Getting far enough offshore to see pelagic birds requires early departure. Sunrise found our enjoying particularly calm seas.
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Westport sunrise
A juvenile tufted puffin greeted us soon after we crossed the bar.
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Puffin
It took about three hours to reach the "albatross zone". Hundreds of birds most people never see soared, swam, and dived around us: storm petrels, shearwaters, auklets, murres, phalaropes, murrelets, jaegers, skuas, fulmars, and yes, albatrosses. I include just one picture, the pink footed shearwater. This bird nests on islands off the coast of Chile.
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Pink footed shearwater
In one mixed flock of birds, we had others that had come from New Zealand, the Arctic, Hawaii, and Antarctica. This amazes me. We also saw whales, about 15 humpbacks, a few orca and many dolphins. A picture proves its not just a tale, well maybe it is.
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Fluke
A large pod of 300 or so Pacific Whitesided Dolphins surrounded the boat, bow riding, leaping in formation.
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Dolphin pair
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Pod
We saw much more: blue sharks, mola mola, and anomalous critters. I look forward to my next. trip.
-Curt :rawlings:
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Re: Westport seabirds, whales, dolphins

Post by Sharkb8 » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:01 am

That sounds pretty amazing! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Westport seabirds, whales, dolphins

Post by Jan K » Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:34 am

Thanks for sharing the bounty of offshore "exotic" life we don't see here in our inland sea.

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Post by Scubak » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:00 am

I have to get out on their boat!
Looks like a wonderful trip!
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Post by Penopolypants » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:06 am

Absolutely gorgeous.....what an amazing adventure! Thank you so much for sharing!
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Post by ScubaJess » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:39 am

You are a lucky Duck!!!! So amazing!!! Thanks for the report! :-)
It's always the BEST to see puffins in the wild!!!
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Post by SCUBARM79 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:09 am

:norris: :supz: Good times.

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Re: Westport seabirds, whales, dolphins

Post by Gdog » Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:54 am

I love that you saw this and shared it with us!

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