It was a beautiful afternoon when we set out on tour and one of the hottest days that we have encountered so far this summer. We headed east in Johnstone Strait and soon the orcas were in sight, the A30’s traveling to the west nearing Blinkhorn. A38 and A30 were in the lead, A39 was far over on the Hanson Island shore while A50 and A54, each traveling with their off-spring were close to the Vancouver Island shoreline. All were foraging and while our hydrophone was deployed, there were no vocals to be heard. Suddenly, A30 with A38 had made their turn and began traveling east together, A54 and calves turned next and then A50 and calves while A39 continued to forage a little longer to the west before turning back. A54 and calves made their way east crossing more towards the Hanson Island side of the Strait and closest to A39. A small group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins were present throughout our viewing of the orcas, darting back and forth and A54 ‘s calves at one point were seen interacting with them. It was in Blackfish Sound that a Humpback Whale was sighted and soon after, two groups of Stellar Sea Lions were seen swimming. On our way home we traveled the scenic waterways partaking of the beauty that is ever present and made even more so by the shimmering sunshine and beautiful blue sky and ocean. Other species also seen: Dall’s Porpoise, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles and an Eaglet in it’s nest, Rhinoceros Aucklets, Harlequin Ducks, California, Mew and Herring Gulls.

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