The strangest thing about being in this lighthouse is most of the creatures around us breathe above water. Other places fish swim and we never know they are out there. Here they sigh all day: whales, seals, sea lions, otters, and orcas. We can hear whales breaching and splashing 10 miles away but the audio video isn’t aligned. First there is a big splash off in the distance and then ten seconds later we hear it. Go figure. Yesterday morning was windy so there was no audio but lots of visuals. There was a pod of whales heading north, which stalled offshore the island. There were at least six breath bursts in a line while some whales dove.
Later in the day, the wind settled down and a whale came right by the edge of the island and the water was so clear, its fins were visible underwater.
I went to sit on the new bench on the south end of the island and on my way back, thought I saw a chicken in the tree. A chicken in the tree? Why would it be sitting right next to the eagle’s nest? Because it wasn’t a chicken, it was a young eagle, one of two fledglings we saw for the first time. They weren’t impressed by our presence at all.
Tonight, while we were eating dinner outside, a fledgling took its maiden flight accompanied by an adult bald eagle. The adult landed on its usual offshore perch, but we never saw where the young one ended. I’m sure I heard it whining though.
Last night I finally got to stargaze because the days are getting shorter, only 15 hours now and the sky is clear. The sun rises at 5:15 am and sets at 8:44. I managed to get out in the dark for one of the few times and was greeted by the big dipper low in the sky to the north. No wonder it is the symbol on the Alaskan flag. I also got to see the lighthouse functioning as it should.
Today brought all sorts of whale hi jinx. They were breaching all over the place but none too close to the island. One pair seemed to be sleeping for a while because they weren’t really moving and they rose and fell with their breaths. Then when they woke up, the games began.
A good time was had by all.