What an amazing day! Our tour began this morning in heavy fog where we noticed a beautiful fog bow in Alder Bay and another when we were underway in Broughton Strait and with the promise of sunshine further east in Johnstone Strait we headed east and soon found ourselves breaking out of the fog into sunshine and beautiful lighting that stretched before us; as well there were numerous Sooty Shearwaters in flight gliding over the water. There was a report that a large group of Transient orcas had headed west through Blackney Passage and with that in mind we entered into Weynton Passage and passing the hauled out Stellar Sea Lions and three Bald Eagles on the shoreline we soon found ourselves in Blackfish Sound. Looking down the Sound we sighted the dorsal fins of several orcas, they were traveling to the west slowly, there looked to be two groups of some 12 orcas, we observed some tail slapping at a distance and listening on the hydrophone we heard their lengthy vocalizations. Taking long dives they surfaced nearby and following their next dive sequence they surfaced beside the boat which was incredible and amazing to see, they were the T19’s, T185’s and T55’s and possibly others. At the same time the blow of a Humpback Whale was heard along the Swanson Island shoreline and while the Transients moved on slowly towards Stubbs Island, we headed towards Bold Head where we discovered not one but two Humpback Whales. As we watched they moved back and forth without fluking, around them Sooty Shearwaters soared, and Common Murres clustered together in small groups; the lighting was absolutely beautiful looking in all directions. We headed back to where the Transient orcas were and on arriving we sighted other orcas traveling in along the Malcolm Island shoreline, they were incoming resident orcas and there were several pods. We sighted the A36’s/A12 , A34’s, A30’s, the A23’s and others and listened to their A-Clan calls on our hydrophone. It was extremely exciting to see the arrival of residents and also the exit of Transients who were seen moving suddenly out of Blackfish Sound and over to Bold Head and the White Cliff Islands while the Residents continued moving east in Blackfish Sound. As the last orcas passed on by we headed for home, it had been an incredible day with many cetacean sightings. Just past Donegal Head we noticed a SE breeze and by the time we reached Johnstone Strait it was already blowing 10-15 knots. An amazing change from the earlier morning fog! Other sightings included: harbour seals, dalls porpoises, rhinoceros auklets, gulls, surf scoters, red-necked phalaropes, a great blue heron, double-crested & pelagic cormorants and unidentified migrating birds flying high.

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