Heading out this morning we made our way towards Blackfish Sound via the Plumper Islands. The blow of a humpback whale was sighted near to Flower Island and as we drew closer, we could see that it was foraging in close along the Swanson Island shoreline heading west towards Bold Head where it turned and travelled back to the east continuing to forage close along the shoreline. Near West Passage a herring ball was sighted and as we watched, the whale surfaced in the midst of it, lunge feeding. Numerous rhinoceros auklets were in the near vicinity today, feeding alongside of common murre while large flocks of red-necked phalaropes were also sighted nearby, an increase into the area from yesterday. The whale was identified as Cangor and a second humpback whale was sighted feeding down in Blackney Passage. On the way home a small group of dall’s porpoises joined us riding at the bow briefly delighting all on board. Other sightings included: harbour seals in the water and hauled out, mothers and their pups, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls, pelagic cormorants, oyster catchers, bald eagles and an eaglet in the nest. Other reports today: Three groups of Bigg’s (Transient) orcas were well to the east in Johnstone Strait, as were the A36 resident orcas, the brothers A46 & A37.

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