The morning started out grey and overcast with a fog bank looming out in the Queen Charlotte Strait but as the sun rays worked their magic, a beautiful day on the water was soon revealed. A single A-Clan call heard early in the morning via the hydrophone network indicated that the Matriline A12, was likely returning from her travel east last evening and it was later in the morning that she was reported heading back to the east from Weynton Passage. At Big Bay we encountered her, our vessel having entered Johnstone Strait from Blackfish Sound. Although alone, A12 was a beautiful and significant sight to see. She was intent on traveling and although the flood tide had begun, she did not stop to forage off Cracroft Point. We left her as she began crossing over towards the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. Other species also seen today were: Dalls Porpoises, hauled out Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles fishing for herring+++ and in the trees, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, Common Murres, Black Oystercatchers, Common Loons, Marbled Murrelets and a Leach’s Storm-Petrel.

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