There are days when the sights are such that beauty and wonder seem endless as moment by moment remarkable images are perceived, filling ones mind with amazement and causing one to stop and simply enjoy what is! Today was one of those days where the fog appeared to clear and then engulf us again, where humpback whale flukes were sighted and disappeared and orca dorsal fins arose from the fog, it was an incredible day of viewing to say the least! Orcas were first reported travelling east from Lizard Point and we made our way in their direction passing two humpback whales en route. The A30 matriline, 12 orcas in total were sighted near to Bold Head in Blackfish Sound when the current turned to ebb slowing their pace as we watched, A39 was with his mother A30 and his two sisters (A50 & A54)and their off-spring while A38 was further behind foraging. With our hydrophone deployed it was wonderful listening to their A-Clan vocalizations especially when the orcas broke from their resting line when A38 porpoised out of the water in a hurry to catch up to his family and they all began to forage nearby while our boat sat idle and drifting. A humpback whale faded in and out of sight surrounded by orcas as they foraged back and forth around the boat, the viewing was superb! We left the orcas foraging at Bold Head and headed towards the Plumper Islands and Weynton Passage stopping to view a humpback whale and then a stellar sea lion who was resting on the surface of the water, we passed several more sea lions swimming and also two more humpback whales; it was a phenomenal day of viewing. Other sightings today included: dall’s porpoises, rhinoceros auklets, common murre, red-necked phalaropes, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls and bald eagles.

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