An amazing day with the sun becoming very bright and warming this afternoon. This morning we cruised through the Pearse Islands and Stephenson Islands in Weynton Passage exploring as we went, appreciating all of it: the harbour seals hauled out on rocky outcrops, bald eagles and their nests and bull kelp forests floating on the surface of the water as we passed by in the current. With our mainsail hoisted we headed down Johnstone Strait with a light NW wind blowing from behind and encountered resident orcas, the two A36 brothers, A37 and A46 near the Sophia Islands. They were foraging a distance apart, both having left the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve just ahead of our arrival. We had some nice viewing of A46 who crossed towards the Cracroft Shore and then crossed back over, making his way towards the Vancouver Island shore. A37 meanwhile was foraging more towards the centre of the Strait. The arrival of the brothers in Johnstone Strait and viewing them today was wonderful! Other sightings included: dall’s porpoises, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots, california, mew and glaucous -winged gulls and oyster catchers.

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