It was an amazing day to be out on the water despite the morning’s wind and waves that quickly abated; rain and beautiful rainbows, it turned out to be one of the best days of the season! As we headed out this morning there was indeed wind and waves but soon there were also orcas and the wind and waves had disappeared. While the I15’s were in the area it was the I4’s that we first encountered travelling along the Hanson Island shoreline, they were stopping to forage along the way and were taking long dives in the presence of a small group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins. They continued moving to the west, heading into Weynton Passage where they began to forage while the I16’s were sighted further behind in a resting line, excluding I43 who was foraging further behind them. The viewing was wonderful and enjoyed by all as they too began to forage in Weynton Passage. On the afternoon tour, shortly after leaving the dock in Alert Bay two Humpback Whales were sighted in Pearse Passage and soon after, a large male orca was sighted off the Pearse Islands. He was identified as I62 the son of I33 one of the Matrilines of the I31’s. Following him was the rest of his family, his mother I33, his older bother I45 and younger sibling I110. Several Pacific White-sided Dolphins were swimming amongst them and they were taking long dives but suddenly the fun began as I33, I45 and I110 were seen literally frolicking with the dolphins. It was simply amazing to watch orcas and dolphins being airborne simultaneously and this interaction continued for several minutes! Suddenly, I62 was sighted porpoising rapidly back towards his family; the images were striking and wonderful! As suddenly as it had begun it was over and the I33’s were sighted grouped together travelling east in Cormorant Channel and the dolphins had departed. Later, the two Humpback Whales who had been sighted earlier on in the tour were seen returning into Weynton Passage and the viewing of them was quite spectacular as they suddenly surfaced nearby the boat in the presence of yet another beautiful rainbow. And just when it could not get any better, a Bald Eagle was seen drying its wings tinged by the colors of an encircling rainbow. It was truly an amazing day of viewing. Also seen were today were: Stellar Sea Lions, Dalls Porpoise, Harbour Seals, Sooty Shearwaters++, Bald Eagles, Red-necked Phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres & Belted Kingfishers.

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