Thar She Blows
Tansy was anxious to see a whale while cruising on the schooner Passing Cloud and was often found peering at the ocean in search of signs of a whale.
Fortunately, she did spot whales, usually the first thing seen was their spout when they surfaced for air.
Sometimes the humpback whales would dive deeply and show their tail flukes to the world.
One whale seen in Louscoone Inlet was lying on its back slapping its pectoral fins (click here for a map showing Louscoone Inlet, when in the map you can zoom out to see more of Haida Gwaii). The humpback would roll over to take and breath, and then to its back to slap some more. Tansy could not believe this behaviour went on for more than half an hour.
Every now and then that whale would dive deeply, and a couple of times it breached entirely out of the water. Tansy was vibrating with excitement after each breach, and glad to not be too close to the huge splash.
After a breach or sounding, the whale would return to slapping the water for a while.
Eventually the whale headed out to sea and the Passing Cloud went in search of an achorage for the evening.
Tansy said it was the most exciting day at sea that she had ever had. Little did she know that her excitement would be amplified a hundred fold before the anchorage was reached. But that is a story for another day.