This afternoon when we headed out on tour there had not been any reported sightings of orcas in Johnstone or Queen Charlotte Straits earlier on in the day while Humpback Whales had been sighted. We headed in their direction travelling through the wonderful scenic Plumper Island waterways after viewing hauled out Harbour Seals and a myriad of sea birds on the Stephensen Islands. There were two Humpback Whales in the vicinity of Bold Head, one taking long dives. We spent our time with BCYO177 (Slash) who is often in the area and observed as she made her way in large circles feeding, heading towards concentrations of herring balls as they occurred, due to the presence and hard work of the diving birds: Rhinoceros Auklets and Common Murres in particular. It is always fascinating viewing these Humpback Whales, especially when they are lunge feeding amongst the herring balls. The large group of Stellar Sea Lions, some hauled out, many were in the water swimming in the flood current at Weynton Passage, they were wonderful to watch and several seemed very curious, swimming over to and around our boat. Other species also seen today were: Dall’s Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Red-necked Phalaropes++, Black Oystercatches, Pigeon Guillemots, Belted Kingfishers, California Gull, Mew, Herring and Glaucous Winged Gulls.

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