As we made our way over to the Alder Bay Resort this morning a herring ball was sighted and numerous seabirds were also feeding upon it including bald eagles (mature and juveniles) who could be seen swooping down and grasping several herring in their talons, some eating on the fly before diving again to catch more, it was an amazing spectacle to watch en route. With orcas being reported travelling west in the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve as we were leaving we headed in that direction and soon had a small group of dall’s porpoises riding at the bow of the boat for a distance and everyone enjoyed their encounter with them, watching as they darted back and forth. We soon met up with the A36 Matriline: the brothers A37 & A46 who were foraging a distance from shore but following the Vancouver Island shoreline while the small group of A11 Matriline: A11, A56 and A97 were sighted opposite, making their way along the Cracroft Island shoreline; these were the same two pods that we had sighted yesterday and with our hydrophone deployed passengers were able to listen to some wonderful A-Clan vocals. We crossed over, making our way towards Cracroft Point, where the A11’s were observed to be resting nearby, the A36’s continued to forage mid-Strait and two humpback whales could be seen working their way back and forth in the heavy flood current. The viewing was spectacular and listening to the blows of humpbacks and orcas and their A-Clan calls via the hydrophone it was acoustically amazing! Where to look and in what direction, the sights and sounds of cetaceans feeding, dall’s porpoises included, was truly remarkable! We began heading back to the west along the Hanson Island shoreline, passing A46 & A37 along the way both we observed were foraging intensely having moved further west while the A11’s had woken up and were foraging closer to Blackney Passage when we left them. A third humpback whale was sighted feeding deeper into Blackney Passage and a forth was sighted near the Plumper Islands as we crossed Weynton Passage. Other sightings today included: hauled out harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, common murre, red-necked phalaropes, pigeon guillemots, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls, bald eagles and belted kingfishers.

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