It was a day of fabulous viewings on both our morning and afternoon tours. With a report of orcas heading east of Boat Bay in Johnstone Strait early this morning around 6:00 a.m. we traveled into Blackney Passage via Johnstone Strait where we encountered a Humpback Whale identified as ‘Freckles’, it is a whale who has been sighted frequently in the past several weeks and it was feeding back and forth in the Sound in wide circles. Other sightings on the tour included the brilliant viewing of an eaglet high on a bough above its nest and another in a nest partially obscured by branches. Nearby were numerous Stellar Sea Lions in the water, they were fascinating to watch along with some hauled out Harbour Seals. On the afternoon tour we traveled east in Johnstone Strait, the orcas who had been traveling east all morning had been sighted heading back to the west and we headed in their direction. We encountered the three groups: the A24’s, A23’s and A25’s, a total of 12 orcas a distance east of the Boat Bay light. The orcas were moving steadily to the west at a fast pace, the pods separated from each other by a few hundred metres only. It was wonderful to see them and the momentum at which they were moving! Other sightings today included: Dall’s Porpoises, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Turnstones, Belted Kingfishers, Red-necked Phalaropes, A Great Blue Heron, A Fork-tailed Storm Petrel, A Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagles, Mew and Herring Gulls.

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