They were close, really close. I cringed as this little boy moved down to the water's edge to get up close and personal with these huge creatures. These whales in the picture were not nearly the closest ones.
Sun has been more rare than whales this year but on this morning, the sun dawned, the winds dropped and the show began. The sun created a shimmering, glimmering effect all across the water and on the wet skin of the whales. Not even shooting into the sun could taint this experience.
Some of the whales would move by fairly quickly and others would stop just below my viewing area and begin to feed. They would stay for quite some time, giving me an opportunity to really look them over. I was really surprised to see how thick the head is.
I had spectacular views steadily for three hours straight before I felt I should go and be productive at something. Oh, I forgot to mention...there were also dolphins swimming and chattering farther off shore.
People in the know suggest that the bad weather that we have had may keep the small fish in shore for another week before they move on. Where there are easily accessible fish, there are whales. The next few days may offer some great "looks" before we have to wait another year. Once the whales are all gone it is looking likely that some late season icebergs may move into the area.