It was a blustery day on the water, but the gales turned out to be not as fierce as was predicted during both of our tours today. Passengers on the 8 hour tour today on S.V. Tuan had some very good sightings of the two leading groups that entered into Blackfish Sound through Blackney Passage, the A36’s and the A12’s. The I15’s and the I31’s were further back, to the east in Johnstone Strait. Passengers on the Motor Vessel Cetacea also had similar good viewings of the A36 brothers and the A12’s. It was good to see the A34’s and then A12 and A33 appear in the choppy waters of Blackney Passage. The orcas were observed traveling, foraging, resting and a spy-hop was also seen. The dives were long at times in Blackney Passage and small groups of Pacific White-sided Dolphins were seen interacting with the orcas. A Humpback Whale was sighted by both vessels in Weynton Passage on the way home, it was identified as “Twister” who seldom flukes but passengers were fortunate to see it fluke. Other sightings today were: Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Dall’s Porpoise, Harbor Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, California Gulls and a Peregrine Falcon.

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