It was a beautiful day when we headed out, there was a red sky and rainbow in Alert Bay early this morning and a clear sky and warming day when we were departing from Alder Bay. Early in the tour two newly fledged eaglets were observed flying short distances between islands under the careful observation of their parents, it was fascinating to watch. Nearing Stubbs Island two minke whales were sighted feeding amongst herring balls where gulls, bald eagles and rhinoceros auklets had also gathered to feed and suddenly a humpback whale surfaced nearby taking everyone by surprise. As we commenced to travel east in Blackfish Sound another four humpback whales were sighted spread out across the Sound. Orca blows were sighted west of the western boundary of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve and as we drew closer we could identify the leading orca as A39 from the A30 matriline. A50 and A54 and their off-spring were following close along the Vancouver Island shoreline and we observed as they turned back often to forage, A38 and A30 were also seen with A38 angling towards centre strait. With our hydrophone deployed for much of our viewing time, it was wonderful listening to their A-Clan vocalizations. Other sightings included: dalls porpoises, harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, herring, glaucous- winged and california gulls, common murres, red-necked phalaropes, pigeon guillemots, and bald eagles.

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