This morning we toured out through Weynton Passage where a stellar sea lion was sighted hauled out, another was later seen in the water swimming. At the top end of Blackfish Sound the blow of a humpback whale was sighted by one of our passengers, another was seen in the distance close to Parsens Light and as we watched two humpback whales surfaced near the bow of the boat taking us all by surprise. They were identified as KC (9 years old) and Moon Star (3 years old) they were actively feeding and we observed as they went their separate ways. A minke whale was sighted briefly and then suddenly another two large humpback whale blows were sighted, the whales were traveling in from the west off Donegal Head, they were identified as Horizen and Lefty. The viewing was superb and their diving and surfacing sequence was wonderful to watch. The presence of seabirds feeding intensely around us was mesmerizing and we watched spellbound as gulls and bald eagles fished for herring, the eagles taking turns to fly in with their talons ready to snatch at the herring gathered in a ball at the surface of the water; it was exciting indeed! Other sightings included: dalls porpoises, harbour seals, oyster catchers, black turnstones, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots, bald eagles and three eaglets in two nests, surf and white-winged scoters and red-necked phalaropes.

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