The day started off as a foggy one that began clearing as we made our way towards Weynton Passage and Weynton Island where orcas had been reported and suddenly in a moment, Johnstone Strait was clear revealing a beautiful day and orcas surfacing nearby! We encountered the I15’s resting and taking their time, some were foraging but mostly they were resting and drifting in the current slowly making their way out through Weynton Passage. It was thrilling to sit and drift ourselves with the engine off and the hydrophone deployed, listening to their G-Clan calls and watching the playful antics of the calves resting alongside their mothers but playful as well and also to observe pacific white-sided dolphins amongst them, playful also, at times they could be seen leaping clear out of the water. Making our way into Weynton Passage the fog closed in again obscuring the orcas and we carried on in the hope of seeing a humpback whale and within minutes one was sighted close-by, a second humpback whale was sighted near Stubbs Island on the edge of the fog line. Crossing over towards Donegal Head on our way home, we encountered the I15’s once again as they stalled before making the turn back to the east, meanwhile we made our way through light fog conditions in Cormorant Channel where we had the good fortune to sight four more humpback whales. There were numerous sea birds gathered and a herring ball and it was absolutely wonderful sighting the whales with sunlight beaming in through the fog! Other sightings today included: stellar sea lions, harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, common murre++, red-necked phalaropes++, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls, bald eagles and pigeon guillemots.

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