Humpback whales++ and orca sightings today!

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Our tour began with fog and humpback whales this morning in Blackfish Sound and ended with sunshine and orcas in Johnstone Strait.  Heading out this morning there were no reports of orcas to the far east or west and we headed into Blackfish Sound in search of Humpback Whales.  While a low lying fog obscured much of Blackfish Sound and out into the Queen Charlotte Strait at Bold Head we listened for blows and could hear several, some a distance away and some close, we also passed one en route to Bold Head. Because of the fog it was difficult to know for certain just how many Humpback Whales were in the area today, we ourselves encountered four in the vicinity of Bold Head, one of which we observed lunge feeding. There were two more near Stubbs Island and one more that we sighted on our way to the east in Blackfish Sound near Flower Island. Midway in our tour, Orcas were reported approaching the east end of the Ecological Reserve and we decided to head in that direction hoping to enable our passengers a chance to see orcas. Arriving into Johnstone Strait we sighted two more Humpback Whales, they were travelling to the east and were closer to the Vancouver Island shoreline. The Orca report had also been updated to include a group of Orcas passing by Boat Bay and soon the fins of orcas approaching us were seen as well as a small group of Dall’s Porpoises porpoising along, in the middle of Johnstone Strait. It was with much excitement when A60 came closer, his dorsal fin easily recognized and he was in the lead, with the rest of the A23’s behind him, while two other orcas travelling slightly behind and inside the Ecological Reserve Boundary, the A25’s, came from behind the A23’s. It was a treat for everyone seeing them with the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve and Tsitika River Estuary in the background, they were moving rapidly to the west at a speed of 6.5 knots at the time of our viewing and we did not observe them stopping to forage along the way. Also seen today: Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Red-necked Phalaropes, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers, Glaucous-winged, Mew and California Gulls.

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