The great orca experience that the girls shared on Wednesday is sure to be remembered by everyone on the ship, so we thought we'd share a few more photos.
Here's a report from Shipboard Program Coordinator Aubrey:
"I've never seen orcas that close before! We had our engines off, and they just swam up to us. Everyone came up on deck and we must have spent two hours watching them...off the bow, off the stern, off the sides of the ship, just surrounding us. We took a few moments of silence and could actually hear them breathe. Several times a group of 5 or 6 would come up in a line, bringing the young calf along to the surface. It was so, so cool! And what better way to introduce our education station on Marine Mammals. "
The girls have been busy with many fun activities in addition to the orcas:
"We've been rowing and sailing in our small boat, Ayashe. Yesterday we went on a shore hike to Jones Island where we did a "trust hike" and an observation hike. The girls said they wished it didn't have to end! We also got to go climbing aloft in the rigging. A few girls who were reluctant to go up decided to give it a try anyway and successfully conquered their fears. Last evening we set up an art gallery below decks. All of the girls made art based on the trip experiences...we even had plankton art hanging in the main cabin and "bowling alley. We continued the plankton theme with chocolate-chip, plankton-shaped pancakes for breakfast this morning. And to top it all off, we had a birthday cake for crewmember Hannah. Tomorrow we head for Bellingham and our final watch meetings and Closing Circle."