It was quite the tour today and as it turned out, it was a most enjoyable one. It was the furtherest that we have travelled all summer to see orcas but the day was a beautiful one and Johnstone Strait was as clear as a bell with barely a breathe of wind. We made our way past the Stephenson Islands viewing hauled out Harbour Seals and further on, 90 + Stellar Sea Lions; others were seen swimming in the water nearby as we travelled in Blackfish Sound. En route to viewing the Orcas who were travelling well east of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, a Minke Whale was sighted in the distance and Dalls Porpoises were also seen. The Orcas were sighted in the distance at Forward Bay and as we neared the area, they were seen to be all spread out across Johnstone Strait travelling very slowly to the east, some resting and foraging behaviour was observed. For everyone on board it was wonderful viewing, the A36 brothers ( A46, A32 and A37) were seen travelling with some of the I15’s, we also saw some of the I31’s who were closest to the West Cracroft Island shore and who appeared to be behind the rest of the pods, foraging as they went. It was a great surprise to everyone and presented some delightful viewing when two calves appeared suddenly behind our boat as it sat idle and passed nearby as they raced to catch up with their pod. Johnstone Strait was a soft colour of blue that stretched on into the distance and the various orcas who were spread right across, from shore to shore depicted a beautiful and lasting image for all onboard. It was a relaxing cruise home and some watchful passengers also sighted a Black Bear foraging on a beach. Other species seen today were: Dall’s Porpoises, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Red-necked Phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers, Pigeon Guillemots, Harlequin Ducks, California, Glaucous-winged & Herring Gulls.

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