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Windy Bay

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Milky Way From Ship
We overnighted in Thurston Harbour, part of Talunkwan Island.  It was a quiet and cloud free night so I setup my tripod to see if I could see the Milky way from here.   Taking photos from a small boat is normally a non-starter, but the night was so wind free that I did some star images.  I think the limiting factor was actually marine fog.



Pacific Whitesided Looking Up At Us
We got under way to our days destination - Windy Bay.  We spotted a large pod of Pacific White-sided dolphins coming up beside us.

Pacific Whitesided Breaking Surface


 
 
Pacific Whitesided Group OutPacific Whitesided Three Phases Of JumpPacific Whitesided Out Of Water



Windy Bay

Windy Bay has a nice beach, but the shore is very shallow here so the ocean goes a long way when the tide goes out.  Rather than going directly to Windy Bay, we took a side route to visit some very large trees.
 
Nara With Giant Spruce TreeTwayBlade
 
 
Housing For Watchmen

 
Windy bay is quite a modern site. 

Gwaii Haanas Legacy PoleWindy Bay CampLooking Around And Blinking House
 
 

Skaga Island

I really wasn't expecting Skaga Island - the island is made entirely of Columnar Basalt meaning this is slowly cool magma, probably from lava lake in volcano.  This island is special to the Haida - Shamen were interned here because they were too powerful to be interned with regular people. 


Hole Through Island Of Columnar BasaltBasalt Stacked UpOyster Catcher Flying By

Skaga Island


Our next stop was Tatsung Rock to see the sea lion haul out.


Sea Lions On RocksSea Lions Hauled Out Tatsung RockDrama On The Rocks


 
We ended the day in Island Bay.
 
 
Getting Ready To Serve Dessert
Claira helped Carmen make dessert earlier in the day and she helped bring it out.  I think she was quite happy to help out.

Dessert Plated

Risso With Eye Above Water
We shared the Bay with at least 30 Risso's Dolphins - maybe more.  The bay is quite large, and sometime the dolphins were quite far from us and sometimes they got closer.  While I watched, the Rissos never came up to the boat to see us.

Rissos Bumping One AnotherRissos In Family Group

Chasing Dolphins in a kayak really doesn't work - just the regular swim speed of dolphins is faster than what kayaks can do.  We went out for a nice paddle in the bay.


Claira Kayaking Around IslandUnloading Into ZodiakKayaks Coming Up To Island Solitude


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Sea Lions On Rocks
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
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Claira Kayaking Around Island
Tags: kayaking
Rissos In Family Group
Species: Grampus griseus (Risso's Dolphin)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
Location: Go To...
Rissos Bumping One Another
Species: Grampus griseus (Risso's Dolphin)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
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Tags: dolphin, marine mammal, whale
Pacific Whitesided Looking Up At Us
Species: Sagmatias obliquidens (Pacific White-sided Dolphin)
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: dolphin, marine mammal
Milky Way From Ship
Tags: astrophotography
Pacific Whitesided Breaking Surface
Species: Sagmatias obliquidens (Pacific White-sided Dolphin)
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
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Getting Ready To Serve Dessert
Person: Claira
Altitude: 3m (9 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: dessert
Skaga Island
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Tags: columnar basalt
Kayaks Coming Up To Island Solitude
Tags: kayaking, sailboat
Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole
Altitude: 1m (3 feet)
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Pacific Whitesided Three Phases Of Jump
Species: Sagmatias obliquidens (Pacific White-sided Dolphin)
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Dessert Plated
Looking Around And Blinking House
Altitude: 8m (26 feet)
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Tags: native art
Pacific Whitesided Out Of Water
Species: Sagmatias obliquidens (Pacific White-sided Dolphin)
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: marine mammal
Housing For Watchmen
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
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Unloading Into Zodiak
Tags: kayaking
Oyster Catcher Flying By
Species: Haematopus bachmani (Black Oystercatcher)
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
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TwayBlade
Species: Neottia banksiana (Northwestern Twayblade)
Altitude: 8m (26 feet)
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Risso With Eye Above Water
Species: Grampus griseus (Risso's Dolphin)
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
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Sea Lions Hauled Out Tatsung Rock
Altitude: 2m (6 feet)
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Basalt Stacked Up
Altitude: 4m (13 feet)
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Tags: columnar basalt
Nara With Giant Spruce Tree
Species: Picea sitchensis (Sitka Spruce)
Altitude: 18m (59 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: tree
Windy Bay Camp
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Pacific Whitesided Group Out
Species: Sagmatias obliquidens (Pacific White-sided Dolphin)
Altitude: 5m (16 feet)
Location: Go To...
Hole Through Island Of Columnar Basalt
Drama On The Rocks
Species: Eumetopias jubatus (northern sea lion, steller sea lion)
Location: Go To...
Tags: marine mammal
Tags: marine mammal(4), kayaking(3), columnar basalt(2), dolphin(2), sailboat(1), native art(1)
People: Claira(1)
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