Thar She Blows

Tansy Wishes for a Spyglass

Tansy Wishes for a Spyglass

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.

Thar She Blows

Thar She Blows

 Sometimes the humpback whales would dive deeply and show their tail flukes to the world.

Sounding

Sounding

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.

Slapping

Slapping

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.

Breach!!

Breach!!

 

Kersplash

Kersplash

After a breach or sounding, the whale would return to slapping the water for a while.
Double Slapping

Double Slapping

Eventually the whale headed out to sea and the Passing Cloud went in search of an achorage for the evening.

Final Sounding

Final Sounding

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.

Goodbye Whale

Goodbye Whale

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Thar She Blows

  1. Tansy will have tales to tell. For many, many days in the cupboard!!! And she shared all with us…my, this Passing Cloud adventure has to be one of the most exciting I’ve ever heard of!!! Do you suppose the whale put on its show especially for Hitty Tansy!?

  2. Viewing this story took my breath away. I literally gasped with awe. That gorgeous unspoiled relationship of sea and land with the Humpback whale was one of those sacred moments to experience…even in photos. It reminds me of Lyrics in a John Denver Song. “I want to Live”. Our home Earth is so beautiful. I think that whale knew Tansy would appreciate this beauty of creation and bring back its message to all of us. Thank You Tansy.

    • Tansy felt very privileged to see this whale, and was quite delighted to share some pictures with you. Pectoral fin-slapping is something she had never heard of or seen before…and she was totally thrilled to see – and hear – the full breach!

    • The Hitty Cupboard is at the Southern end of Vancouver Island…This adventure with Tansy took place several thousand kilometers North and West, in the Southern archipelago of Haida Gwaii.

  3. Amazing, beautiful photos! Thank you Tansy for sharing them with us home-bound Hittys who are starving for adventure!!

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