The gray whales are here.
This will be the second weekend of the season for scheduled outings on the Victoria Clipper III to search for gray whales between Seattle and Coupeville, on Whidbey Island. The boat transits Possession Sound and Saratoga Passage along the way.
The Clipper outings claimed 100 percent whale sightings in 2013, and last weekend included sightings on one trip of at least four gray whales in the vicinity of Gedney Island, off Everett, and at least three whales on another trip, including “a lot of tail action and interesting feeding behavior,” according to Justine Buckmaster, Victoria Clipper naturalist. Sea lions were also sighted.
Gray whales typically migrate this time of year from Mexico calving grounds to summer feeding grounds off Alaska, and a number of whales typically detour into Washington’s inland waters for a month or two to feed on ghost shrimp found along the sand and mud shores of Saratoga Passage. Whales can often be seen from shore near Langley, as well as from boats. If you visit Langley, include a stop at the new Langley Whale Center, a project of the Orca Network.
The seven-hour Clipper trips, which continue through mid-May, include a two-hour lunchtime stop at historic Coupeville. Details and reservations here.