After our spectacular day paddling with the whales, I expected that we’d see just as many the next day. In fact, we didn’t see a single orca all day. But that left me with time to appreciate the beauty of Kaikash. Without the whales, I noticed the eagles and the gulls, the rich kelp beds just off shore, the islands of the Broughton Archipelago across Johnstone Strait.
And the whales did return: we woke in the middle of the night to hear them, very close to shore. They stayed near the beach for nearly two hours. But though we ventured down to the beach to see if we could see them, it was just too dark. They are truly mysterious and elusive creatures.