Our tour began this morning with the knowledge that the A30 Matriline (a family of 10 orcas) were traveling east at the east end of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. Heading in their direction east in Johnstone Strait we encountered first a small group of Dalls Porpoises and later were surprised and delighted to suddenly sight Orcas at Cracroft Point from where they had entered the Strait only minutes earlier from Blackfish Sound. Our timing could not have been better! It was a delight to see the two large orcas with tall dorsal fins ahead of us that were identified as I45 and I62 from the Matriline I33’s. I33 and I110 were sighted traveling along the Cracroft Island shoreline and passengers enjoyed some good viewing of them as well as I45 and I62 as they foraged parallel to their mother. A group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins were in the area throughout our viewing and were likely the reason for the orcas taking long dives as the dolphins would mob them when they surfaced. Other sightings today included: Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Dalls Porpoises, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Red-necked Phalaropes, Bald Eagles++, Mew and Herring Gulls.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s