It was truly an inspiring and exciting day! With early reports of orcas’ sighted off Bold Head travelling to the east in Blackfish Sound, and also off Donegal Head it was somewhat conflicting if they were the same orcas or two separate groups? We travelled in Johnstone Strait via Weynton Passage and the Stephenson Islands, sighting numerous harbour seals hauled out as the tide was dropping quickly and the ebb current racing! Bigg’s (Transient) orcas had entered Johnstone Strait at Blackney Passage heading across the Strait before turning back to the west towards us. The Transient orcas were travelling west at a rapid pace, T065A, a 26 year old female with three calves aged 1, 5 and 8 years old. T065A2 was observed travelling alongside T065A3 and breached four times, following its mother and youngest sibling T065A4. We left the orcas at Weynton Passage, travelling into Blackfish Sound where we were fortunate to sight two resident orcas making their way east in Blackfish Sound off Bold Head. They were the A36 brothers, A37 and A46, with A46 making his way close along the Swanson Island shoreline while his brother was swimming parallel, some 400 meters away. Other sightings today included: dall’s porpoises, rhinoceros auklets++, common murre, red-necked phalaropes, california, mew and glaucous -winged gulls.

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