We headed east in Johnstone Strait this morning and while en route we sighted two humpback whales traveling close along the Vancouver Island shoreline. When nearing the western boundary of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve we could see numerous orcas, all of them were outside of the Reserve, some were in a resting line, others were also resting in close contact with each other and as we looked we could see many other matriline groups spread across Johnstone Strait. Listening on our hydrophone we could hear A & G-Clan calls and it was mesmerizing to watch as the I15’s rested, several of the younger calves were observed interacting and playing with one another, there was spy-hopping++ and also some tail-lobbing. One large male A38 was seen foraging close to the I15’s, the rest of his family (A30’s) were also nearby. Other pods also in the area today were : A34’s, A12/A36’s, A8’s and A24’s. It was a fabulous viewing and everyone on board was exceedingly happy! Other sightings included: dalls porpoises, rhinoceros auklets, herring, glaucous-winged and california gulls, common murres, red-necked phalaropes and bald eagles.

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