It was a fabulous day on the water and beautiful when we headed out on tour this morning. Traveling in Blackfish Sound a large blow was sighted in the distance and then the dark body of a Humpback Whale was seen. As we headed in that direction we noticed small groups of Dalls Porpoises feeding nearby when suddenly the Humpback Whale also surfaced nearby, it had traveled a fair distance from the last sighting. It was wonderful sailing while the Dalls Porpoises were feeding on one side of the boat and the Humpback Whale on the other side. The Humpback Whale was identified as ‘Freckles’ and it continued feeding in a wide circular fashion in the Sound. Orcas meanwhile had been sighted entering the eastern boundary of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve and were traveling to the west. We encountered the first group, A11 was in the lead and she was moving rapidly to the west favouring the Cracroft shore. Her daughter A56 and her calf were following behind. The A8’s were on the Vancouver Island side with A73, while the A36’s with A12 and the A34’s were further behind them. Other species also seen today: Stellar Sea Lions swimming and also hauled out, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Common Murres, Mew Gulls and Bald Eagles.

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