While a heavy fog was present when we first headed out this morning, by the time we entered into Weynton Passage it had begun to clear and it was here where we first encountered the four Transient Orcas: T55, T55A, T55B and T55C. It was enjoyable to observe them as they traveled east in Blackfish Sound, they were synchronized in their surfacing together most of the time and it was mesmerizing and beautiful to watch. Leaving the orcas we made our way towards Bold Head in Blackfish Sound which was partially cleared of fog and clearing more as we traveled further. Noticing some large gatherings of Aucklets, Murres and Gulls we waited, listening all the while for a large blow and it was not long before a Humpback Whale was sighted nearby. Identified as ‘Freckles’ this Humpback Whale has been observed frequently throughout the summer. A larger Humpback Whale was also seen surfacing rapidly towards the herring ball before us and it was fabulous to sit quietly with the engine off and watch the spectacle of the two whales feeding intently, it was also a great photo opportunity! With the Queen Charlotte Strait stretched out before us we observed as the two whales would feed and then quickly move off, seeking more bird and herring ball activity. The sea was calm and a gorgeous blue colour was being reflected back from the clearing sky above. On the way home a third Humpback Whale was sighted in the distance. Other sightings today included: Stellar Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres++, Bald Eagles, Mew and Herring Gulls.

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