Today was a fabulous day out on the water viewing orcas. We first encountered the A30 Matriline, a family of 10 orcas as they foraged near the mouth of Blackney Passage in Johnstone Strait. It was not long before movement was observed with most of the pod (son A39 and daughters A50 & A54 with their off-spring) entering into Blackney Passage and on into Blackfish Sound with A30 the Matriline and her oldest surviving son, A38 catching them up by passing into Blackfish Sound via the narrow Passage at the bottom of Hanson Island. The winds were lighter in Blackfish Sound and with our main sail hoisted, we were able to sail quietly along trailing our hydrophone enabling our passengers to listen to their A-Clan calls and ecolocation. The orcas were all spread out across the Sound with A30 and A38 traveling and foraging together, A39 was not far away foraging as well while A50 & A54 and their off-spring foraged along the Swanson Island shoreline as they had done so yesterday. At the top of Blackfish Sound a Humpback Whale was sighted feeding in wide circles and passengers also enjoyed their viewing of this whale. Other sightings today included: Stellar Sea Lions++, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Surf Scoters, A Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagles, Mew and Herring Gulls. A small group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins and also a Minke Whale were sighted briefly in the distance on the way home.

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