NW winds were blowing when we set off this morning with our mail sail hoisted and headed in the direction of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve where two of the northern resident orcas, the A36 brothers, A37 & A46 were sighted making their way back from the east in Johnstone Strait. The sighting from the Cliff reported them having moved close into the estuary of the Tsitika River where they were foraging but with the sea being lumpy and the orcas well inside the Reserve Boundary, viewing of them was very difficult and we made our way instead into Blackfish Sound to view a humpback whale that had been sighted near Parsons Light. We found the whale feeding in the Bay along with large gatherings of rhinoceros auklets and gulls feeding, the gulls hovering over herring balls gathered on the surface of the water due to the underwater hard workings of the auklets. We observed the whale passing back and forth mostly where the birds were feeding and then began making its way out of Parsons Bay, a second humpback surfaced making its way east in Blackfish Sound and even as we travelled further west, two more humpback whales were sighted in the distance. Other sightings today included: dall’s porpoises, harbour seals hauled out and swimming in the water, common murre, red-necked phalaropes, belted kingfishers, black turnstones, black oyster catchers, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls.

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