Thar she blows!


Sea mammals, they do like these cold Pacific waters... (mine's the little yellow one at the top of the pile)



No trouble staying warm with that thick layer of blubber!



...another warm-blooded mammal, enjoying the unencumbered experience, while on the look-out for other mammals...



There were rumours, and what do you know! The front of the blowhole ridge is up first! The blow-hole openings are out of sight, on the other side of that ridge.



We have to stay 100m away, so no chasing. But if it approaches you, that's ok.



These were about 100 ft away, and moving in closer... When I saw this much bulk moving my way, it did make the kayak seem reeeeally small.



And just as quickly, it's on the way down again.



This area is only about 40 ft deep at high tide, so it must have been trapping herring in the shallows.



I was not alone: Paddlers to the left of me...



Paddlers to the right.



And there it appeared beside me! It looked like a juvenile, about 25 - 30 ft long.



It was not easy to catch the blow-hole spray.
Since we didn't know where it would surface, and the first thing it did was breathe, by the time we heard the loud puff of breath, it was usually too late to position the camera.



As it inhales, you can see the blow-hole openings on the back side of that ridge. The dark tear-drop shape on the far side is obvious, while the near side one looks smaller because of the view angle.



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