A wonderful day transpired for us when we were out on tour today. The fog cleared quickly in Johnstone Strait and shortly after our departure a good sized group of pacific white-sided dolphins were sighted off our bow, they were relaxed and feeding quietly, some could be seen leaping clear of the water while others swam alongside briefly as we headed towards the Stephenson Islands. Harbour seals were sighted swimming in amongst the kelp forests as the current flooded in from Weynton Passage and bald eagles could be seen drying themselves high in a tree on one of the Stephensen Islands. With a report of two humpback whales traveling near to Blinkhorn in Johnstone Strait we headed in their direction and observed as they continued moving to the east. They were identified as ‘Stripe’ and ‘Chunky’, two whales that are often seen in these local waters. We traveled back via island waterways and were rewarded with the viewing of a mature bald eagle in flight above us carrying a salmon in its talons and flying directly into its nest to an eagerly awaiting eaglet. That was a treat and suddenly a minke whale was sighted close by in Weynton Passage and we observed it feeding in the current. At the end of the tour a family of geese, two parents and their 16 goslings were sighted clustered together on the water, one of the goslings was very small compared to the others and was seen lagging behind with one of the parents keeping in close contact, both being separated from the rest of the family. An unusual sighting and somewhat disturbing to watch, knowing that the smaller gosling did not have the strength to keep up with the others as well, boats were passing by and none of the goslings were able to fly, they were all very vulnerable on the water. It brings to mind the damaging impact that we humans can have on bird life (and marine life) and that their survival is often not only the ‘survival of the fittest’ but by sheer chance that they do not get hit by a fast moving vessel when they are unable to fly or move out of the way in time. Other sightings today included: dall’s porpoises, rhinoceros auklets, oysters catchers, pigeon guillemots, harlequin ducks, bald eagles and two eaglets in separate nests.

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