Fantastic! Resident Orcas: A30’s, A23’s, A25’s + Three Humpback Whales ~ today’s Blog

What an incredible day we had, beginning with fog and ending in sunshine with orcas and humpback whales in abundance in between! With the fog spreading all across Johnstone Strait when we headed out and with reports of orcas travelling to the west near Lizard Point in heavy fog and A30’s+ A5’s vocals being heard in the Strait, we decided to head east to investigate these calls. Finally, orcas were reported being near Blackney Passage and we arrived just in time to watch and enjoy a beautiful orchestrated scene where three families of Orcas (A30’s, A23’s & A25’s) converged together near the entrance of Blackney Passage, slightly west and just off the bottom of Hanson Island. Here we observed them resting, socializing and simply “hanging out together”  and then with a surge of energized momentum they moved , regrouping again, altogether and this time, right at the entrance of Blackney Passage.  Then with the blink of an eye they disappeared and resurfacing after a long dive, a small group of orcas could be seen through the veil of fog directly off Cracroft Point (A23’s & A25’s) while a larger group that looked to be the A30’s, were already making their way in through Blackfish Sound, disappearing into the fog. To the audience of watching eyes it was a beautiful parting of ways and one of exquisite beauty. We travelled in through Blackfish Sound following well behind the A30’s, sighting one humpback whale along the wall near Parsons Light, and two more, one off White Beach Pass and the other near Flower Island. The A30’s meanwhile had slowed down and we observed them foraging, they were all spread out, mid-Strait in Blackfish Sound, it was a fabulous viewing!  The A-Clan vocals and echolocations of orcas via our hydrophone and the diving sequence of the humpback whales were all in addition to everything else, simply wonderful! Also seen today: Dall’s Porpoises, Harbour Seals, Stellar Sea-lions, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Black Oyster Catchers, Red-necked Phalaropes, two Western Grebes, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, a Common Loon, Belted Kingfishers and Gulls++.

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