Today has to be one of the best tours of the season if not the very best! With the day warm and sunny and the sea calm we could not have asked for a nicer day when we departed on our tour this morning. Nearing Pearse Passage a Minke Whale was suddenly sighted nearby followed by a second Minke Whale. It was a surprise viewing and nice to see the two adult whales traveling together. A large gathering of Rhinoceros Auklets and gulls sitting on the water made us think that they, along with the two Minke Whales had been feeding earlier on a herring ball and the Minke Whales were departing the scene and the birds were beginning to disperse. We were headed towards Blackfish Sound and the Queen Charlotte Strait when a boat reported seeing three Orcas easting at Lizard Point. The Queen Charlotte Strait was like a glassy plate today, the blue sky being reflected back onto the water which was shimmering and a glassy blue colour and the contrasting black fins of the orcas were easily visible a distance away. A12 with the A36 brothers, A37 and A46 were on a slow roll back to the east, they were relaxed and seemingly enjoying each others company with A46 comfortable rolling on his back at times and slowly slapping a pectoral fin. The threesome were observed surfacing together in unison, it was superb viewing before A37 moved a short distance away to forage leaving A12 with A46 beside her; they were all moving east towards Bold Head when we left them and as we did so, a third Minke Whale was sighted, this one was traveling west along the Malcolm Island shore. It really was a magnificent day for viewing. Other species also seen today: Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises “rooster-tailing”, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, and Bald Eagles.

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