Another early morning today as we scheduled a day trip onto one of the crab boats from the series "Deadliest Catch" which both of us had watched and enjoyed.
The boat we went out on was in the first series of the show and now runs only as a tourist boat to educate people about the crabs and fish that they catch and how they manage their time at sea. They fish in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska and work in the most amazing weather conditions to catch King Crab and then line fish at other times throughout the year. They pulled various pots with live crabs and sealife in them...planted for us I am sure...but none the less it was a really interesting day learning lots of new information.
Bringing up King Crab
The most amazing part of the day had nothing to do with crabs or fishing!! When we pulled into a sheltered cove to pull some pots we saw a pair of Bald Eagles with a nest and before our eyes more and more eagles flew into a small grove of trees. They were all calling to each other and putting on an amazing display for all of those who were on the boat. There ended up being about 8 eagles in the trees surrounding us...truly magical.
Area we found Eagles
This port stop was only a half day so we didn't have a lot of time to tour the townsite when we returned to shore. We walked around as much of the town as we could and once again were amazed at how commercial it was for the visiting tourists. I guess when you can only get in and out by plane or boat you have to find a way to build the economy of the town.
A beautiful Alaskan day
The day still had more to offer us...as we set sail for Victoria a group of playful whales decided to tag along for the ride...
We sailed for a day and a half down the inside passage back to Victoria and then to Seattle.
We decided not to leave the ship in Victoria as we docked at 6.30pm and had to return to the ship by 11.30pm. However, it was a great opportunity for the group we had travelled through Canada with to get together for a group meal to say our goodbyes. It was surprising that there were a number of people we had not seen for the whole 7 days at sea! We have made some new friends and it was really nice to get everyone together once more.
Seattle is the final destination for a few days before heading home.