It was another beautiful day and while we did not see any orcas the sightings today were fabulous. As we left the dock in Alder Bay we did so in heavy fog and headed in the direction of Cracroft Point where 3 orcas, the A36 brothers and A12 had been foraging earlier. We broke out of the fog into bright sunshine and began scanning the area ahead of us and while we sighted the blows of two Humpback Whales in Blackney Passage, the orcas had moved over to the Vancouver Island shoreline and were reported heading east, they were last sighted east of Izumi Rock where a small vessel had reported seeing them before they were lost to dense fog inside the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. We enjoyed viewing one of the Humpback Whales which had entered into Johnstone Strait and even though we observed it in fog that obscured most of Johnstone Strait to the east, we were able to see it clearly and take photographs. We began to make our way back towards Blackney Passage when a very large whale (larger than a Humpback Whale) was sighted at a distance, breaking from a fog bank that was stretched along the Vancouver Island shoreline. Unfortunately the whale did not surface again allowing for identification and we continued on our way into Blackfish Sound. ** Two Fin Whales had been sighted much earlier in the morning at Cracroft Point making their way to the east, it is possible that this other sighting from a distance away might also have been a Fin Whale. Fin Whales are very rare in these waters, the last one sighted in Johnstone Strait was tragically struck and killed by a cruise ship several years ago. Fin Whales are found offshore off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Central Coast, Haida Gwaii and the North Pacific. We made our way into Blackfish Sound, the fog clearing just ahead of us, and while we had glimpsed a few Sooty Shearwaters (birds) in Johnstone Strait early in the tour there were large numbers flying in all directions in Blackfish Sound, there were also numerous Stellar Sea Lions swimming in the water. On our way to Bold Head we sighted a Humpback Whale near to Stubbs Island and suddenly off Bold Head numerous Humpback Whales could be seen in the distance. The water was calm and blue, the colour of the sky, it was absolutely gorgeous looking out towards the Coast Range Mountains. We sighted two pairs of Humpback whales nearby and it was exciting watching as they surfaced and dived. Sooty shearwaters were gathered in flocks along with other seabirds and we watched several large herring balls with birds feeding and a Humpback Whale feeding through one. Our Humpback Whale count today was 8 and possibly more, it seemed in every direction we looked that a Humpback Whale could be seen surfacing or fluking, it was fantastic viewing. There were numerous migrating birds flying overhead today, some were too high to identify but among them were 35 Sandhill Cranes. On the way home we viewed numerous Stellar Sea Lions hauled out, it was somewhat amusing to watch their antics! Other sightings included: harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, surf scoters, red-necked phalaropes, a great blue heron, pelagic cormorants, common mergansers and unidentified migrating birds flying high.

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