What a wonderful day to be out on tour. We encountered the orcas this morning at Cracroft Point, they were in resting lines and making their way slowly east against an ebb current and while they were observed to be traveling in three groups there was some mixing of individual orcas amongst the family groups. The Orcas seen today were the A8’s, A11’s/ A73, A12’s and A36’s. It was interesting to see another three orcas approaching as we turned back towards Blackney Passage after the resident orcas had moved further east. The three orcas took a long dive and suddenly appeared nearby, disappearing again for approximately 6 minutes and reappearing again but on the other side of the boat. These three orcas were Transients T2c, T2c1 & T2c2. Transient Orcas are those who prey on marine mammals including Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises and Pacific White-sided Dolphins. On our way home via Blackfish Sound numerous Stellar Sea Lions were sighted feeding on the surface of the water and two Humpback Whales were also seen, a large one and also ‘Freckles’ who was considerably smaller in size. Just when it could not get any better it did when nearing the Plumper Islands, a Minke Whale was also sighted. It was an incredible day for sightings! Other species also seen today: Dall’s Porpoises, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, White-winged Scoters, Common Murres, Mew Gulls and Bald Eagles.

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