Simply supreme was today’s tour and one of the very best of the season for those lucky passengers onboard. Orcas had been reported out in the Queen Charlotte Strait this morning when we headed out and we traveled in that direction, pausing to view a Minke Whale along the way and also a Humpback Whale however with a report of the orcas beginning to move east in Blackfish Sound we did not linger and carried on. The I15’s were traveling in their Matriline groups, some were traveling together and some were a short distant separate, A12 and the A36’s (brothers A37 & A46) were also present and the viewing was suberb! The I15’s are interesting to observe as there is always a lot of interaction seen between them with nuzzling and play between the younger calves, tail slapping, spy-hopping and breaching; they are truly delightful to watch! As the orcas approached Blackney Passage with the flood current pushing them along, we ourselves drifted on through behind them listening to the various calls via the hydrophone trailing behind us and the sounds were stupendous! The I15’s, A12 and A36’s carried on east in Johnstone Strait while we turned and making our way back to the west encountered the other pods who had been in the Strait earlier who were also westbound: the A30’s, A24’s and A5’s. The sightings today were bountiful and beautiful and gave all of us onboard a great sense of joy and wonder. Other sightings today included: Stellar Sea Lions, Dalls’ Porpoises, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Fork-tailed Storm Petrels, Common Murres, Belted Kingfishers, Bald Eagles and one eaglet in its nest, Mew and Herring Gulls.

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