Today was an exciting day with an encounter with Transient orcas. The fog was clearing when we headed out on tour this morning but thickened as we headed towards Bold Head and when Transient Orcas were reported in Knight Inlet we headed in that direction. And so it was with a heavy fog surrounding us that we glimpsed our first sighting of the orcas. There were 5 orcas and they had already been identified as T20 & T21, T2C, T2C1 & T2C2. Passengers observed as they moved along slowly, they seemed relaxed with T20 & T21 a short distance ahead of the others. Suddenly some 200+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins who seemingly came out of nowhere were rushing off ahead of the orcas in panic, most moving towards Knight Inlet where the orcas eventually headed back into, some veering off in the opposite direction, all of them moving rapidly away from the orcas. The orcas circled around the White Cliff Islands before moving off and back towards Knight Inlet. It was a wonderful sighting for all onboard, seeing the orcas so clearly in such a relaxed manner. Passengers travelling back to Alert Bay were lucky enough to also view a small Gray Whale. Other sightings today included: Dall’s Porpoises, Rhinoceros Auklets, Black Turnstones, Mew and Herring Gulls and Bald Eagles.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s