Today was a great day of viewing, beginning with the sighting of some 90+ Stellar Sea Lions hauled out and a beautiful seascape with the clearing of fog ahead of us and Johnstone Strait emerging clear with good visibility for viewing. Orcas were nearing Cracroft Point along the West Cracroft Island shore when we arrived and we had some wonderful viewing of a mother and calf; the mother was foraging nearby while the calf was interacting with two Pacific White-sided Dolphins; the calf was observed rolling over and was on its back with its pectoral fins high, afterwards it swam off with the dolphins, stopping to play when they did. As it turned out, the I15’s were spread across the Strait, all moving parallel at the same pace, the I16’s and the I35’s on the Vancouver Island shore while the others were on the Hanson Island Shore. Dolphins were present in small groups throughout our viewing of the orcas and Dalls Porpoises were also seen. On our way home a Black Bear on a beach was also sighted. Other species seen today were: Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Red-necked Phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Belted Kingfishers, California, Glaucous-winged & Herring Gulls.

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