The weather today was gorgeous and the scenery stunning with the Coast Range Mountains forming a beautiful backdrop for the calm blue waters of Blackfish Sound and Queen Charlotte Strait and while the I15’s were reported being inside the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve at the time of our departure this morning, two groups of Bigg’s (Transient) orcas were reported down off Blackney Passage. We made our way through the Plumper Islands into Blackfish Sound, passing a humpback whale en route and sighting both orca and humpback whale blows down near Parsons Light. The orcas were made up of two different groups and had already been identified as the T55’s (a matriarch T55 & her three off-spring: T55A, T55B & T55 C) and the T59’s ( a matriarch T59 and her daughter T59A and her two calves T59A1 & T59A2). At our arrival, the groups were, and seemed to stay separate from one another moving constantly in the strong flood current in Blackney Passage and eventually they all made their way into Johnstone Strait travelling slowly east in the flood current. Meanwhile, the two humpback whales who had also been sighted in Blackney Passage at the same time as the transient orcas, they travelled in the opposite direction into Blackfish Sound. With a light SE wind blowing we hoisted our main sail and spent time sailing while we were with the orcas in Blackfish Sound and Blackney Passage. At our leaving at Cracroft Point we made our way west into Johnstone Strait and then into Weynton Passage. While viewing hauled out stellar sea lions a humpback whale was sighted breaching a distance away and we caught up to it in Cormorant Channel and enjoyed watching its dive sequence immensely. Other sightings included: harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, common murres, red-necked phalaropes, glaucous-winged gulls and bald eagles.

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