What a contrast was today’s weather from yesterday’s storm, a calm sea and only a few sprinkles of rain just as our tour was ending. There were no report of any orca sightings this morning when we set out. We began our tour by cruising through Weynton Passage viewing hauled out Harbour Seals and shortly after Stellar Sea Lions +++, who were also hauled out on rocky outcrops while many were in the water swimming. With fog patches drifting across Blackfish Sound and the Queen Charlotte Strait from the Mainland, the Humpback Whale sightings were quite wonderful and the lighting made even more spectacular due in part to the fog and brilliant sunshine that suddenly appeared. The number of Humpback Whales that we sighted were seven, possibly eight including one that has been named ‘Freckles’. They were spread out across the Strait and top end of Blackfish Sound and once the current turned to flood the seabird activity working the herring balls and helping to bring the herring to the surface, took on another meaning as we watched the Humpback Whales surfacing through the herring nearby; it was exciting viewing with some lunging activity being observed. It was interesting to see that a large number of Sooty Shearwaters were still in the area today feeding on herring, they are on their migratory route flying south to their nesting burrows on islands off New Zealand, Australia and South America. Other species seen today: Dalls Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Red-necked Phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Surf Scoters, Pelagic Cormorants, California, Mew, Glaucous-winged & Herring Gulls and many unidentified birds migrating south.

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