Today was one of those days that make all the drudgery and tosh worth while! As Arthur took a mild right past Dutch Harbour, he lined himself up for the Unimak pass- a well known gap in the Aelution Isands where the the Bering Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Stunning feasts for the eye just kept on rolling by. Arthur was sailing along the Ring of Fire, dozens of Ice capped volcanoes sat either side...some puttering out the odd puff of smoke, some had all ready blown there top. Like a curtain being drawn the thick mist that had dogged our trail lifted right on cue...the crews mood lifted with it, all day the bridge was a hive of smiling faces and snapping cameras, as Arthur made its way. All personnel were on call to holler the Thumb if any Whales were spotted. As if the view wasn't enough we were sailing through Blue Whale breeding territory...we saw a few blow holes blow, and the odd arched back, but they were too far away to be captured on film. Around sunset I was below deck... the tanoid sounded once more..." Grady, come to the Bridge, Whales spotted starboard bow, I repeat- whales spotted on the Starboard bow". In true classic style I was busy on the loo, 'panic stations'!...must finish this quick!, grabbed the camera, legged it, the passenger lift took ages, I tripped on the stairs and of course I was too late. Never mind. Twas a beautiful,stunning day that started early and finished late. The captain called me to his office around 11pm, lead me to his veranda...the last set of visible Volcanoes sat side by side, waving goodbye illuminated by a perfect crescent moon.
Photo of the day - Taken by Sreyas and Prabath.