Shortly after leaving the dock in Alder Bay this morning we sighted a black bear along Vancouver Island shoreline and following this, orcas could be seen in Beaver Cove. As we came closer we could identify them as the A30 matriline, they were well spread out and foraging and with our hydrophone deployed it was wonderful listening to their fabulous A-Clan calls. The two young mothers, A50 and A54 were foraging apart, each with their three calves and passengers enjoyed viewing A50 and her calves as they foraged nearby and then departed from the Cove. A38 was foraging furthest from his family and as the orcas made their way north through Weynton Passage on the ebb current and out into the Queen Charlotte Strait, we observed that he remained well in the lead foraging. At the same time a humpback whale was sighted traveling towards Weynton Passage as the orcas departed and it was astonishing and exciting to watch as it suddenly breached several times close by surprising and delighting everyone onboard. Passing by several bald eagle nests it was good to see several large eaglets sitting close to their nests on tree boughs, one eaglet we watched it taking flight and landing on a tree bough a distance away. Other sightings included: steller sea lions, harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, herring, california, and mew gulls, common murres, black oyster catchers, red-necked phalaropes, belted kingfishers, bald eagles and pelagic cormorants.

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