It was not long after leaving the dock at Alder Bay this morning that orcas were sighted in the distance travelling towards Johnstone Strait in Weynton Passage. As we neared Weynton Island passengers watched as the groups of orcas entered the Strait and began making their way slowly to the east. The A30’s stalled initially on their entry and the young calves were observed spyhopping and three had their tails high in the air making head stands. A38 and A39 had separated from their family and had commenced foraging a distance away. The A23’s were travelling close to the A30’s while the other pods: the A25’s, A8’s and ?A24’s headed over towards the Vancouver Island shore. All were eastbound in the flood current that was pushing them along. Mid-Strait and abeam Blackney Passage, some 100 ++ Pacific White-sided Dolphins appeared suddenly from the east, they could be seen feeding in the flood current and the viewing was quite wonderful; they are always a treat to see especially when they leap high out of the water. Other species also seen today were: Dall’s Porpoises, hauled out Harbour Seals, one Harbour Porpoise, Bald Eagles in trees and fishing, Rhinoceros Aucklets, Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, Mew, Glaucous-winged, Herring and California Gulls.

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