It was an amazing day for viewing with orcas sighted early in the tour having travelled in past Donegal Head where they had first been reported. We encountered them nearing Bold Head where they had slowed their pace and identified them as the A30 matriline with 12 orcas in total. The matriarch A30 was in the lead with her oldest surviving son A38, behind them and closer to the Swanson shoreline were her daughters A50 and A54 with their calves, including the new calf and further behind was A39 (A30’s other live son) who was observed foraging off on his own. With our engine off and our hydrophone deployed it was wonderful listening to their lovely A-Clan vocalizations. Passengers watched in amazement as A39 made his way past our stern as we sat drifting in the current and could not believe seeing him swimming under water and surfacing nearby. Some resting activity was observed and a spyhop from the new calf, and they all began making their way east in Blackfish Sound. Three humpback whales were also nearby, two of them foraging along the Swanson Island shoreline. Other sightings today included: dall’s porpoises, harbour seals, stellar sea lions, rhinoceros auklets, common murre, red-necked phalaropes, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls, black turn stones and bald eagles.

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