Today was one of the few days we didn’t see any killer whales. Fortunately we had many humpback (Megaptera novaeangliaea) and fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) at the mouth of Laredo Channel near Campania Island. It was my first sighting of fin whales and we even had a mother and calf travelling together! It was a gorgeous day in the waters of the central coast!
This afternoon we had a fire/lifeboat drill. After grabbing our lifejackets from our cabins we met on the back deck of the ship and then moved to our muster stations for a few of us to practice putting on the immersion suites. Since it was so hot three of the crew/scientists got into the water in the immersion suits and we let them huddle and drift away from the boat. We soon learned how difficult it can be to see a group of people from a distance even when they were huddled together in their bright immersion suits! It was also quite entertaining for us on the ship as we watched a humpback whale tail lobbing multiple times off the port stern of the ship while our overboard crew bobbed around off the port side. They could have had a real close encounter!