“So sinks the day-star in the ocean bed…”
-John Milton, Lycidas
Late at night we left port for the Gulf of Alaska. For hours we watched the sun not set. For hours we fished the sea floor.
There were storm petrels and jaegers, kittiwakes, puffins, murres and murrelets, sea lions, harbor seals, Dall’s porpoises, and humpback whales. The whales surrounded the boat and slept. While they slept, they snored. I can’t describe the sound.
There were halibut, lingcod, sea bass, flounder, and cod. For deep fish there is no day.
The sea was calm.
Also there was the sun.