The morning was a glorious one when we set out, the sunlight was shining bright and burning off the fog. Following up on a report that orcas were seen earlier heading out through Weynton Passage in the fog, we had gone in that direction and once out into the Queen Charlotte Strait the visibility was clear yet there were no orcas initially in sight and the flood current was strong. It was quite by chance the orcas were sighted, they were tucked in very close to Donegal Head on the south side and traveling close to the shore. Once around the corner of Donegal Head the A30’s spread out and were foraging extensively, A30 and A38 were foraging together as they had been yesterday and foraged closest to the Malcolm Island shoreline. There was a lot of activity observed from both A50’s and A54’s calves including breaching, pectoral and tail slapping, all seen at a distance. It was wonderful to see their exuberant and free-style fun in a wide and almost empty ocean (of boats), having it to themselves for awhile. Their A-Clan calls and ecolocations were superb to listen to and enjoyed by all passengers on both of our vessels. At Bold Head a Humpback Whale was sighted and was identified by its fluke as being the same Humpback Whale we had seen yesterday BCYO177 (known as Slash because it has no dorsal fin and has slashes visible on its body close to the dorsal fin area, the cause of propellor damage). Passengers on the Motor Cruise this afternoon enjoyed viewing the A36 brothers and A12. They had been foraging off Cracroft Point for most of the day and were well spread out in Johnstone Strait, from Izumi Rock to Big Bay on Hanson Island and later, further west to Blinkhorn. Their A-Clan calls as always, were beautiful to listen to. Other species also seen were: Dall’s Porpoises, Stellar Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and an Eaglet in the nest, Rhinoceros Auklets ++, Common Murres and Gulls++

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