The sun was shinning and we could not have asked for a lovelier day to cruise among the islands. A humpback whale had been reported in the vicinity of Bold Head and we observed its “blow” in the distance several times before it disappeared from sight meanwhile a large group of pacific white-sided dolphins 100-200++, could be seen foraging in all directions in the top end of Blackfish Sound and out into the Queen Charlotte Strait. Some were leaping clear of the water, most being intent on feeding while a few curious ones rode at the bow of the boat briefly as we travelled along. When the blow of a humpback whale was sighted near to Stubbs Island we made our way in its direction, we could not be sure if it was the same humpback whale that we had sighted earlier as the whale was also taking long dives but later as it neared the Plumper Island having passed through Weynton Passage, the viewing was easier and closer and we all enjoyed some nice viewing of its fluke when it disappeared taking a deep dive. We cruised through the Plumper Islands taking in the sights and sounds that the narrow waterways provided, vivid in colour and contrast, with kelp forests glistening above and from below the water, bald eagles high on the tree tops and eaglets in their nests, harbour seals (mothers and their pups) hauled out on rocky outcrops resting; all of it was breathtaking and marvellous! Other sightings included: dalls porpoises, two stellar sea lions (one swimming and the other hauled out), rhinoceros and cassin’s auklets, mew gulls, red-necked phalaropes, two eaglets in separate nests, black oyster catchers, a mink running up a rocky outcrop, belted kingfishers and black turnstones.

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