It was another extremely beautiful day to be out on the water, warm and sunny throughout the tour. Soon after leaving the dock in Alder Bay we stopped to watch a feeding frenzy of gulls and bald eagles feeding at the surface on a herring ball, the eagles could be seen flying off carrying herring in their talons while rhinoceros auklets and pigeon guillemots were diving deftly under the water resurfacing often with herring in their beaks. A Humpback whale was reported being near to Bold Head and heading in that direction it was not long before a blow was sighted and soon we could see that there were three humpback whales in the near vicinity, all of them were feeding in wide circles in separate directions foraging intently. Looking down through the clear water we could easily observe that plankton was very thick in the water and at times glimpse sight of small schooling fish amongst it. The water was calm and the viewing relaxed, with everyone enjoying the sights and sounds surrounding them. Travelling home via the island waterways is always a treat and today was no exception, the current was flooding in Weynton Passage and a myriad of birds could be seen feeding on bait balls while a small group of dall’s porpoises rode along beside us briefly at the bow of the boat. Other sightings included: harbour seals, a stellar sea lion, marbled murrelets, cassin’s auklets, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls, oyster catchers, harlequin ducks, belted kingfishers and bald eagles.

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