Today’s passengers enjoyed some spectacular viewing of the A30 matriline who number 12 orcas in total. With an early report of orcas heading to the west in Blackfish Sound we headed in that direction sighting a humpback whale near the Plumper Islands in Weynton Passage. The current was still ebbing when the orcas were reported west of Donegal Head and we sighted them soon after; it looked as though they had made the decision to turn back to the east and drifted back slowly against the ebb current off Donegal Head. A light NW wind was blowing and with our main sail hoisted we cut our engine and sailed quietly along, enjoying the breathtaking beauty that these 12 orcas made, in small groups at first with A39 and his mother A30 initially in the lead and then as they made a turn for Blackfish Sound they formed a resting line, moving quietly along with synchronized surfacing together, the new calf a moment behind its mother. Leaving the A30’s in Blackfish Sound we made our way through the Plumper Islands enjoying the scenic beauty of bull kelp forests and island waterways and just as we neared Weynton Passage and while partaking in our devonshire teas, a humpback whale surfaced nearby surprising everyone on board. The current was flooding and seabirds galore could be seen feeding in a frenzy, it was an amazing sight especially with the humpback whale feeding nearby; incredible! Other sightings today included: harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, common murre, red-necked phalaropes, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls, bald eagles and belted kingfishers.

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