It was another incredible day of viewing cetaceans, the sightings of which continued to amaze us throughout the tour. Shortly after leaving the dock this morning we were in the midst of hundreds of Pacific white-sided dolphins (300+) as they made their way slowly to the west, moving back and forth. The sound of them swimming above the water and via the hydrophone below the water was phenomenal! Watching some leaping clear out of the water, observing mothers with their calves close beside them and watching them all swimming tightly gathered, it was an amazing sighting and one not often seen. Finally, leaving the dolphins behind we made our way into Weynton Passage where we sighted our first humpback whale of the day, it was feeding in the fast flowing ebb current and we identified it as ‘Argonaut’. Making our way over to Bold Head we caught sight of another humpback whale working an area near the Wedge Island Light at the mouth of Knight Inlet and soon we were surrounded by three whales working the area, one of whom caught our attention by tail lobbing extensively and waving about its pectoral fin which was incredible to watch. Following this, two other humpback whales passed back and forth where seabirds had gathered and were lunge feeding simultaneously which was extremely exciting and fabulous to watch. Because the whales were moving about so much (you could see them off in the far distance as well as close by) it was difficult to count the number of whales in the area today, there were at least seven not including the mother and calf that we encountered on our way home. It truly was an incredible day of viewing! Other sightings today included: dall’s porpoises, stellar sea lions, harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, common murre, red-necked phalaropes, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, fork-tailed storm-petrals and pigeon guillemots.

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