OK, so first things first, the Vintage Stitchers of Pleasanton, CA. were the sponsors for our cruise aboard the Norwegian Jewel!
Thank you so much! It was a wonderful time!
I believe there were 13 stitchers in the group but Mom & I found a couple of others when we were stitching on deck one afternoon!
A day at sea! I'd never been to sea before. I LOVED it! It was so much fun to watch
people trying to walk and the feeling of being rocked to sleep!
DAY 3 KETCHIKAN
We wnet on the Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer excursion. True to Mom's magic, the fjords WEREN'T misty!
If memory serves me, that is Punchbowl Cove to the right. This excursion was beautiful and is not getting it's due justice because day 4 was so spectacular, I wanted to be sure you got to see what you needed to see regarding it.
OK, this day is going to be the longest on the blog, this was truly amazing!
Some of the pictures won't be as clear as I had hoped. HOW I LONGED for a longer lens!!!
Our captain informed us that we were one of the first boats out so he wasn't sure where the whales were. The whales move around and are unpredictable so the boats radio each other to help everyone know where to go to see them. There are rules about not interfering with their activity and not disturbing them. We were out about an hour or so and then....
Did you know the spouts from humpback whales can reach heights of 30'?!?!
Nope, that black mound with the point on it is NOT a rock sticking out of the water, it's the back of a humpback whale!
We move in a little closer to see what's happening. I spy a humpback in the center of the picture, but what's that dark shadowy place to the left?
They were living up to their name, KILLER whales. They were HUNTING the baby humpback! They position themselves on top of them and won't let them to the surface to breath and they drown. I was PRAYING LIKE MAD for the baby humpback!!!
The Orcas are the dark larger disturbance to the left of the baby.
What's that under the boat, the larger bump in the water?
It's mama humpback! She was MASSIVE and was not going to let those Orcas get her baby!
I think she made herself clear! See the Orcas on the far left of the picture, they are outta there!
Mothers give birth to their calves in warmer Hawaiian waters.
Then bring them back to feeding grounds. They only eat while they are in the feeding grounds and fast the rest of the time. They can loose up to 2/3 of their body weight during the year! Because mothers and calves are only together the single voyage, they only know 1 way back and forth and take the same route their entire lives!
Arrowheads have been found in humpbacks that are over 100 years old!