Northern Resident Orcas were again in Johnstone Strait and included the A30’s, A24’s, A5’s, I15’s, A34’s, A12 & A36’s. With a report of possible Transient orcas nearby we headed in that direction and were fortunate to catch sight of two orcas and a third one in the top end of Blackfish Sound near to the Plumber Islands and Stubbs Island. Two were observed traveling together and the third one a short distance from the others. Knowing that Transient Orcas (those who feed on marine mammals) are unpredictable in their manner and can surface a vast distance away from their last sighting, we approached cautiously from a distance and waited drifting in the current and could not believe our luck when all three orcas surfaced nearby and then turned towards our boat with T2C1 swimming just off our bow while T2C and T2c2 proceeded to swim alongside of the boat towards the bow while passengers gazed in awe looking down at them swimming under water as they cruised along beside us and then broke the surface so close; the notch at the base of T2c was clearly visible to identify this particular orca and group. The orcas were very relaxed and behaved just like resident orcas and had likely fed prior to our viewing. There were numerous Harbour Seals hauled out prior to our sighting that the Tansients ignored but interestingly, not one Stellar Sea Lion could be seen yet once the orcas had passed on into Weynton Passage they were sighted climbing out of the water without any fear. We headed in their direction to enjoy a wonderful viewing of them and while doing so sighted a Minke Whale who was also feeding nearby. It was a brilliant day with wonderful sightings, all of it enjoyed in the company of sunshine! Other sightings today included: Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, Red-necked Phalaropes, Common Murres, Belted Kingfishers, Harlequin Ducks, Mew and Herring Gulls, Bald Eagles including one eaglet in its nest, two newly fledged eaglets sitting on an island and a third fledged eaglet sitting with a juvenile on another island.

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