Our afternoon out on deck
By lunchtime we had seen no humpback whales so we called it a day and went for a sit down lunch. This was again in the Bordeaux. I had the recommended ribs with chicken wings (and BBQ sauce).
This fishing boat came past going the opposite way.
Away to starboard was a small boat taking sightseers to see the wildlife and glaciers. It stopped next to rocks to look at the local sea lion population basking there.
We could just about make out the seals as we passed.
The ship’s naturalist was up on Deck 11 and when we were again out forward on Deck 10. We were looking for whales once again. This time it was for a resident pod of Orcas. As Island Princess sailed on we were cutting directly through their territory.
The salmon fishing fleet
Nearer to Whittier we could see ahead of us dozens of small fishing boats which we are all out fishing for salmon.
Coral Princess was ‘buzzed’ by a sight-seeing sea-plane.
There were a smaller number of larger boats scattered throughout the fleet.
These were where the salmon were taken and the fishermen were paid immediately by cheque after their catch was weighed. These were the boats that took the fish ashore. It was now 4.30 pm and we could see the start of College Fjord.
The small boats stay out with the nets until the salmon had stopped running or they had a mechanical problem. This is because the season is so short that every hour possible was spent fishing.
Island Princess picked her way slowly through all the boats with only a few having to move away or haul in their nets as we slowly passed.