Wind conditions today enabled us to use our main-sail for much of the tour and it was in Blackfish Sound that we sighted a blow of a Humpback Whale near Parsons light and we sailed in that direction. As it turned out there were two Humpback Whales foraging in Blackfish Sound near the bottom end and it was an exciting experience sailing with them and having them surface close-by after a deep dive. As we headed back our passengers were delighted when two pacific white-sided dolphins surfaced alongside the boat taking everyone by surprise, four more followed as we entered a narrow passage in the Plumper Islands but turned back in the ebb current. Fourteen Bald Eagles were observed fishing intensely over a herring ball in Blackfish Sound, a skill made difficult by the wind and wave action of the sea today. At the same time as our viewing the humpback whales a report came in that some orcas were crossing Johnston Strait near the Bauza Islets and making their way west towards the Pearse Islands, they proceeded quickly past Alert Bay, taking long dives and were soon off Haddington Island and then Pultney Point on Malcolm Island. They were identified as being Transients: one male T170 and two females T171 & T172. Other sightings today included : Dall’s Porpoises, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Belted Kingfishers, a Great Blue Heron, Oyster Catchers and Bald Eagles.

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