It was a truly amazing day of viewing cetaceans in the area. En route to viewing orcas we initially sighted a humpback whale that was moving towards Weynton Passage. Meanwhile, we encountered the orcas, A12 with the A36 boys (A37 & A46), they were spread out foraging near to the White Cliff Islands and as we watched they joined together in a traveling mode beginning to move in the direction of Blackfish Sound but separating again when A37 began to forage, leaving A12 & A46 side by side moving slowly east. Suddenly a large group of pacific white-sided dolphins appeared out of Retreat Passage and soon, 200-300 of them were all around us, some moving further east in the direction of the orcas who suddenly disappeared from our sight. Watching a feeding frenzy of dolphins nearby we sighted pink salmon swimming around the boat, hiding from the dolphins they were directly alongside the hull, it was incredible to watch as the dolphins hunted back and forth around us! The dolphins continued to feed on the salmon while the orcas appeared a distance away, moving west toward the Penfold Its. On our way home passengers enjoyed viewing two eaglets, one was still in the nest while the other was sitting beside a parent on another tree adjacent to the nest. Dall’s porpoises appeared alongside and suddenly they were darting back and forth at the bow of the boat exciting everyone on board. It was a remarkable day indeed! Other sightings included: harbour seals, and a multitude of seabirds: rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots, common murres, herring, california and mew gulls, red-necked phalaropes,marbled murrelets, and bald eagles.

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