From Island Adventures' report: What a treat for our second graders from Seattle! We headed off on our trip through the inner San Juan Islands. We saw several harbor seals hauled out on Pointer Island. We had a mature bald eagle on Willow Island. We continued down to the Strait of Juan de Fuca toward Hein Bank. At Hein Bank, we came across a humpback momma and calf! As soon as we got on scene, the baby began breaching! Multiple times! It was amazing! Then the baby started chin slapping too! Fantastic! The mom was BCY0324, nicknamed "Big Momma", and she brought her new calf! Our second graders were thrilled! They were going crazy with excitement! We spent some quality time with the mom and calf before we headed off, continuing on our search. We did a slow down through the south end of Lopez Island and we pulled some bull kelp out of the water for the kids to play with! We also spotted a couple of bald eagles and a turkey vulture! We had such a wonderful time on the water with a couple of humpbacks and sunshine!
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day both weather-wise and experience-wise. Special thanks to Island Adventures, our wonderful hosts; Carolyn Holt for helping organize our class' paperwork and our return trip "phone tree"; our incredible chaperones/drivers: Chris Lui, Drew Williams, Christa Brown, Ian Johnsen, Lisa O'Neil, Hendrik Kirchhoff, Carol Yip, and Michael Meyers; my fabulous colleagues, Ciara Leckie, Jen Dickens, Niki Fischer-Meyers & Joe Bailey-Fogherty; David Elliott for giving us his blessing and his help procuring permission from the district; and a very special thank you to Kristi Leland, PBL Instructional Support Teacher Extraordinaire for all of her logistical support and coordination! p.s.I love Nandiniy in one of the video clips screaming, "This is amazing! This is amazing!"