Today proved to be another glorious day of viewing marine life in the waterways of Johnstone Strait and Queen Charlotte Strait. The weather was moody with lovely lighting in the morning changing to a sombre grey in the afternoon with rain followed by sunshine with a silver sheen that stretched far into the distance and beyond. The orcas reported in the area today were the A12’s, A23’s, A25’s, A8’s and A24’s. On the morning tour the orcas were in a long resting line, traveling slowly to the east, it was wonderful to watch their synchronized surfacing to expire and inhale. The A12’s, A25’s and A23’s were the pods closest to the boat and were enjoyed by all. The pods were again seen on our afternoon tours, this time they were traveling to the west along the Hanson Island shoreline, the viewing was superb from both vessels and A-Clan calls were heard via the hydrophone. The orcas made their turn back to the east, crossing towards the Vancouver Island shore. Their activity today included: resting, traveling, foraging, breeching and pectoral and tail slapping. On the way home, passengers on MV Cetacea enjoyed viewing the A30’s as they made their way east towards Donegal Head on Malcolm Island. Other sightings today: Stellar Sea Lions 75 ++ (hauled out and swimming), Harbour Seals, Bow riding Dall’s Porpoises, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes +++ (and small flocks of them flying south), White-winged Scoters, Pigeon Guillemots, Bald Eagles and an Eaglet in a nest, Belted Kingfishers, a Great Blue Heron, Black Oyster Catchers, California and Glaucous -winged Gulls.

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