What an amazing afternoon it was! Just prior to our leaving the dock in Alder Bay the fog lifted revealing a most beautiful day and so it was that we headed out into sunlight. As we entered Weynton Passage orcas were sighted in the distance and as we drew closer they were seen heading in the direction of Blackfish Sound yet turning towards Lulu Island Pass while the A30’s who suddenly appeared off the NW corner of the Plumper Islands, turned also into the less turbulent waters of the Plumper Island Passage. The flood current was maximum and surging in Weynton Passage! We cruised through another beautiful waterway and waited for the orcas entry into Johnstone Strait and what an entry it was. Our entire time spent with the orcas from here-on during the tour was spent sailing using our main sail. It was absolutely exhilarating to move quietly while observing the orcas and their movements. The pods looked to be the same groups that we have encountered the last few weeks but it was not possible to fully identify each family due to keeping a distance away and the glare from sunlight. We did get a good look at the A30’s and the A23’s, the A24’s we believe were there as well as the A25’s. The A8’s were likely there also but we did not get a positive ID on them. A Humpback Whale was sighted also in Weynton Passage, as well as a Minke Whale; it could not have been any better! Other species also seen today were: Dall’s Porpoises, hauled out Harbour Seals++, Stellar Sea Lions++, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Aucklets, Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, Belted Kingfishers, 5 Arctic Terns, Black Turnstones, Black Oystercatchers, Mew, Glaucous-winged, Herring and California Gulls.

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