As we headed out this morning we were unsure which direction to take, the I11’s had been reported traveling to the west in the Queen Charlotte Strait off Lizard Point while numerous other orcas were easting in the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. We decided to head to the west but without any further reports of the I15’s, we traveled east into Blackfish Sound passing two humpback whales and a minke whale en route, we also had a small group of dall’s porpoises riding briefly at the bow of the boat which was exciting to see. A third humpback whale was sighted at the bottom end of Blackfish Sound near a herring ball where a large number of gulls and rhinoceros auklets had gathered and were feeding. Entering Blackney Passage blows could be seen on Vancouver Island shoreline and as we drew closer we could see some of the orcas emerging through the fishing boats and nets working the shoreline. When we stopped and listened, it was wonderful hearing the A-Clan calls via our hydrophone. The A23’s traveled close against the shoreline with A60 and A85 in the lead with the A30’s following but angling towards Cracroft Point with A38 in the lead foraging ahead. Further behind came the A35’s with A73, they too were making for Cracroft Point as were the A8’s and A61 behind them. The orcas moving in their family groups were moving slowly against the flood current. It was a wonderful day for viewing, glassy calm and sunny. Other sightings included: dalls porpoises, harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, herring, california, bonaparte and mew gulls, common murres, red-necked phalaropes and bald eagles.

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