When we departed on tour this morning there were no reports of any orca sightings until fisherman reported seeing some heading to the east at Lizard Point on Malcolm Island. As we made our way in that direction we were engulfed in fog and rounding Donegal Head the fog was even heavier and it is on days like today that the community of whale watching operators helping one another is fully realized. Daily we all work together and pass on information of sightings to each other in locating whales but in fog conditions especially, it is so much more difficult and all operators working together today made possible the sighting of two orcas who we identified as the A36 brothers: A37 & A46 of the A36 matriline. They were swimming parallel to one another, 50-100 meters apart at times and it was stunningly beautiful watching as their tall black fins appeared rising out of their dense white surroundings when they surfaced and dived. They were making their way slowly to the east with the ebb current slowing them down, foraging along the way. Other sightings today included: dall’s porpoises, stellar sea lions, harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, common murre, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls, belted kingfishers and bald eagles.

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