Fabulous whale watching in Johnstone Strait and Weynton Passage

As we headed out on tour this morning the fog had mostly cleared in Johnstone Strait and we headed east where it was reported that orcas were making their way to the west along the Vancouver Island shoreline while others were also making their way west across the Strait.  We encountered the A8’s near Kaikash, A66 was in the lead and we enjoyed seeing him ahead of the others, a family of five orcas in total. While the Orcas were all moving quickly, stopping to forage along the way they were joined by a small group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins 10+  who were seen porpoising amongst them.The orcas at that point became silent and proceeded to take long dives in an attempt to loose the playful dolphins but ahead of this we had listened to their A-Clan calls via our hydrophone; meanwhile the rest of the A5’s ( A23’s and A25’s) were travelling west along the Hanson Island shoreline. It was in Weynton Passage that we sighted a humpback whale moving back and forth in the current and taking dives lasting seven minutes. At the same time small groups of Dall’s Porpoises were observed feeding all around us and some 8+ Stellar Sea-lions were seen swimming lazily together nearby in a backeddy. Also seen today: Harbour Seals++, Bald Eagles and two Eaglets on the top of their nest, Red-necked Phalaropes, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Oyster Catchers, Belted Kingfishers, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Herring, Glaucous-winged and Mew Gulls.

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