As we departed on tour this morning it was reported that the I15’ s (who had arrived in the area in the early hours of the morning) were already on their way back out to the west and were westing past Haddington Island on the fast flowing ebb current while the A30’s and A5’s were thought to have gone back to the east in Johnstone Strait. We began our tour heading east but catching sight of a humpback whale blow in Weynton Passage we made our way in that direction observing as the whale foraged in the current, dall’s porpoises were feeding nearby and the sight and sound of stellar sea lions moved us along in their direction as well. It was astonishing to observe the variety of species feeding including numerous sea birds in Weynton Passage. While watching the sea lions another humpback whale was sighted and soon after numerous pacific white-sided dolphins came into view who were intent on feeding and passing by near to the boat and when we moved off some travelled along, riding at the bow of the boat delighting all onboard. While the dolphins continued moving west, arriving off Bold Head, two more humpback whales were sighted with a third one making its way from Blackfish Sound. It was a day of incredible humpback whale viewing when on our way back through Weynton Passage, another humpback whale suddenly surfaced alongside of the boat. Other sightings today included: harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, common murre, red-necked phalaropes, mew and glaucous-winged gulls, bald eagles and a newly fledged eaglet, oyster catchers and black turnstones. Other notes: The I15’s were reported to have turned back to the east at the Pultney Point Lighthouse and picking up speed on the flood current, passed by Alert Bay & Alder Bay at 3:00 pm. this afternoon!

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