In the words of several of our passengers today, “it was a magical trip,” made so by the ever present fog that was never far away. The fog began to clear as we headed out this morning returning then clearing off intermittently bringing our attention to focus more often on smaller species, beautiful images that are often overlooked on a clear day such as gulls resting on logs, the flight of a fork-tailed storm petrel passing by and rhinoceros auklets disappearing from sight when diving under the water. The orcas (A23’s & A25’s) we encountered at Izumi Rock as they emerged from the fog, A61 was on his own and in the lead while behind him A86 could be seen closer to the Vancouver Island shore with A60 nearby. They appeared to be taking long dives and when several pacific white-sided dolphins were sighted swimming amongst them it explained the reason why. With dolphins interacting and mobbing them at the surface, the orcas usually dive and stay under the water longer than is usual; A86 in particular could be seen flanked by several dolphins who were rolling around and interacting alongside of A86, the dolphins then porpoising to catch up. The rest of the A23’s were ahead and close to the shoreline and with the hydrophone deployed A-Clan calls could be heard, all of the orcas were moving at a steady pace intent on foraging. The fog closed in and then abated allowing us to glimpse a black bear foraging along one of the beaches near Little Kaikash, it was observed rolling boulders about in search of food, at the same time a humpback whale was sighted behind us, angling across towards Hanson Island it too was headed west. Other orcas: the A30’s, and I15’s were in the area but further east. The tour was a magical one with the sun beaming down and piercing through the fog brightly at times, it added greatly to the atmosphere and beauty of the day. Other sightings included: dall’s porpoises, rhinoceros auklets, common murre, red-necked phalaropes, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls, bald eagles, black turnstones and fork-tailed storm-petrals.

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