It was a busy day for viewing marine mammals in the area beginning with our morning tour when orcas were reported in Weynton Passage traveling north. We were at the Stephenson Islands when the report came in and dorsal fins could soon be seen in the distance. The orcas we identified as the A34’s with A62 and her two calves swimming parallel some 200 metres distant; the three other orcas who were also nearby but spread further out in Blackfish Sound were A12 and the A36 brothers A37 & A46. The A34’s were relaxed and playful, and although they were traveling, some tail slapping and spy-hopping behaviour was observed. Turning back, numerous Stellar Sea Lions and Harbour Seals were sighted swimming and hauled out and a Minke Whale was also sighted. On the afternoon tour we caught up to the same orcas who had traveled as far west as Lizard Point, A12 was trailing behind the rest of the orcas and as she neared Lizard Point we observed that she had moved in close to the Malcolm Island Shoreline. The A34’s were together with A55 a short distance away foraging, as were A46 and A37, who were also foraging. Just west of Lizard Point the hydrophone was deployed enabling passengers to listen to their beautiful A-Clan calls. It was a wonderful day that ended with the sighting of two Humpback Whales on our way home. Other sightings today included: Dall’s Porpoises, Rhinoceros Auklets, Black Turnstones, Pigeon Guillemots, Common Murres, Red-necked Phalaropes, Belted Kingfishers, Mew and Herring Gulls and Bald Eagles and two Eaglets in the nest.

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