Each day on the water our experience is different to any other previous experience, we never know one day to the next where the orcas will be, what pods we might see and what other marine mammals will be in the area. When we left the dock this morning we could never have imagined the brilliant viewing that lay ahead for us. We encountered the orcas traveling west along the Hanson Island shore and with our engine off and our hydrophone deployed we drifted east on the flood current listening to their beautiful A-Clan calls. The A24’s surprised us when they stopped and rested nearby with two of them spy-hopping beside the boat thrilling everyone on board. As we watched they turned back to the east at ‘Turn Point’, crossing over and making their way in a resting line towards Vancouver Island where the A23’s were also sighted heading back to the east. Other orcas had been sighted at the top end of Blackfish Sound and we headed in that direction being very fortunate to watch as a group of Transient orcas made their way steadily east in Blackfish Sound, they surfaced nearby but it was difficult to identify this transient group from the Transient ID book.; we noticed that a very young calf was amongst them. At the top end of Blackfish Sound a humpback whale was sighted briefly and then a second one, we watched as it surfaced and dived and when it fluked we were able to identify it as ‘Chunky.’ Traveling back via the scenic waterways it was fabulous to see two eaglets sitting up high in two separate nests, two of them we could see were flapping and exercising their wings. It was a remarkable day with so much to see wherever we looked. Other sightings included: dalls porpoises, steller sea lions, harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, herring, california, bonaparte and mew gulls, common murres, bald eagles, harlequin ducks and belted kingfishers. Today we made the mistake of leaving behind our camera battery that had been charging overnight and are unable to post any photo’s ourselves. These photo’s were sent by one of our passengers: Eline Breems. Thank you Eline!

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