A fabulous day of viewing! Instead of looking at resident orcas, passengers had a close encounter with 5 Transient orcas but prior to this there were humpback whales to view. As we entered Blackfish Sound this morning we sighted the blow of a humpback whale and as we drew closer passengers enjoyed watching as it foraged. Shortly after a large herring ball was sighted in the distance with two humpback whales feeding amid a myriad of seabirds and then a third one was sighted further away bringing the count to four humpback whales in a short space of time and close proximity to each other. The 5 Transient orcas (T18’s & T19’s) were sighted traveling towards the entrance of Knight Inlet, they were intent and moving stealthily along, it was remarkable watching their movement. Again and again we watched as they surfaced and dived, disappearing for minutes, threading their way amongst the Surge Islets at the mouth of Knight Inlet. It was an amazing experience to observe them and to anticipate where they would surface next. Leaving the area, we sighted two more humpback whales further down in Blackfish Sound. Other sightings included: dalls porpoises, harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, herring, california, bonaparte, glaucous-winged and mew gulls, common murres, harlequin ducks, marbled murrelets and bald eagles.

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