Today was another day of exciting encounters with Orcas and Humpback Whales. The A30’s were foraging to the west in Johnstone Strait and were nearing Kaikash Beach when we first sighted them, A39 was in the lead and as we watched, they turned and began making their way towards Blackney Passage and were soon all off the entrance, foraging back and forth. Even though se winds were strong and there was wave action, the viewing was good and the orcas were highly visible. Leaving the area we made our way into Blackfish Sound and it was off Bold Head that more orcas could be seen which came as a wonderful surprise for all on board. The orcas were travelling to the east quickly and were identified as being the A36 and A12 pods, they were in a hurry, racing to meet up with the A30’s! Herring balls with seabird activity was seen in the distance in the Queen Charlotte Strait and two younger Humpback Whales could be seen working the area, one was identified as being Freckles, another larger Humpback Whale was also sighted in the distance. We cruised home via the scenic island waterways where passengers enjoyed viewing hauled out Harbour Seals and Stellar Sea Lions+++, several Sea Lions were also seen swimming and hauled out as well in Blackfish Sound. Other species seen today: Dalls Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Red-necked Phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Belted Kingfishers, Surf Scoters, Pelagic Cormorants, California, Mew, Glaucous-winged & Herring Gulls and one ribbon of migrating birds flying south, too high in the sky to be identified.

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