As we left the dock in Alder Bay this morning orcas were reported traveling into Johnstone Strait via Weynton Passage while another group were traveling east in Blackfish Sound. We caught up to the orcas at Big Bay on Hanson Island and they were spread well across the Strait but favouring the Vancouver Island shore, all of them were making their way swiftly in that direction. There were numerous orcas and several matriline groups but because so many orcas traveled close to the VI shore and so quickly and the lighting was dull and shaded along the shoreline it was very difficult to get a good view of any notches on the fins and swirls on saddle patches to correctly identify individual orcas and pods. It is one thing to see orcas but another to identify them correctly and one cannot do so unless one is absolutely sure of the identifying notches and swirls that we are so used to seeing but on this occasion today could not do so. Listening several times for calls on our hydrophone we finally heard a few A-Clan calls but that was all, the pods were silent otherwise during our viewing. It was determined that the A30’s and C6’s were just two of the pods that were in the Strait today. Other sightings today included: Stellar Sea Lions, Dalls Porpoises, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Marbled Murrelets, Belted Kingfishers, Bald Eagles++, Mew and Herring Gulls.

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