We were underway a short time only this morning when we sighted our first humpback whale, followed by two more, it was an incredible beginning to a spectacular day! The blows of humpback whales could be seen in every direction and the lighting was sharp and bright making it easy to detect their blows when dall’s porpoises were suddenly riding at the bow of our boat, exciting all on board. While orcas were reported spread out and travelling to the west in Blackfish Sound on the ebb current others were reported being in the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve and we continued on our way through Weynton Passage out into Blackfish Sound. The first orca we sighted was A38 followed by A30 his mother and the A54’s ( of the A30 matriline). A39 was over in the distance foraging off Bold Head and the A50’s were also in the direction of A39 having made their way west along the Swanson Island shoreline. Pacific white-sided dolphins were everywhere, travelling in off Bold Head they made their way over and were soon amongst the A30’s who were silent and taking long dives in their presence; the dolphins were alongside our boat some leaping clear out of the water, it was an amazing spectacle to watch. Leaving the A30’s off Donegal Head we made our way back towards Weynton Passage passing several humpback whales along the way while scanning for orcas who had been making their way west in Johnston Strait. Seeing small groups of fins and blows first across on the Vancouver Island shoreline we soon sighted some orcas off Weynton Island who were making their way towards us and as they passed nearby in Weynton Passage we identified them as the I27’s from the I15 matriline, other I15’s followed in the fast flowing ebb current, some going far across towards the Pearse Islands before being swept further out into Weynton Passage. As we drifted in the Passage while serving devonshire tea and celebrating a passengers birthday, the last group of orcas surfaced off the stern of our boat surprising everyone. It was a wonderful finale to a remarkable close encounter with so many cetaceans all in a relatively small body of water. Other sightings included: harbour seals, stellar sea lions, rhinoceros auklets, common murre, red-necked phalaropes++, california, mew and glaucous-winged gulls, fork-tailed storm petrels, bald eagles and a recently fledged eaglet sitting high on a treetop.

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