What a beautiful day it turned out to be on the water. With the orcas travelling west in Blackfish Sound this morning we traveled through the “blow-hole” which was closed in with heavy fog and could not believe the open waterway that Blackfish Sound provided being clear of fog! With orcas heading in our direction, the A30’s were observed to be well spread out across the Sound and foraging intently as they moved further west. We stopped and with our hydrophone deployed, passengers could hear their ecolocation and occasional A-Clan calls and it was exciting to see as A50 foraged alongside and back and forth around our boat as we sat idle drifting with the ebb current while her off-spring were playing nearby interacting with a small group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins. A50 and A54 with their off-spring made it as far west as Bold Head before moving towards the Plumper Islands to join up with their mother A30 the Matriline and their two brothers A38 and A39, and finally all of them travelled together through a narrow island waterway of the Plumper Islands where they entered once again into Johnstone Strait. Our passengers also enjoyed viewing a young Black Bear foraging amongst boulders on a beach as well a Humpback Whale who was feeding in Blackfish Sound, a second Humpback Whale was sighted a distance away. Other sightings today included: Dall’s Porpoises, Stellar Sea Lions++, Harbour Seals++, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Surf Scoters, Pelagic Cormorants, A Western Grebe, Bald Eagles, Mew and Herring Gulls and numerous migrating birds flying high that we were unable to accurately identify.

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