Beautiful day ~ Orcas & Humpback Whales ~ amazing sightings!

IMG_6994IMG_7047 IMG_7012 IMG_7019 IMG_7087 IMG_7079 IMG_7077 IMG_7076 IMG_7060 IMG_7026 IMG_6997 IMG_6995What a fabulous day we all shared. We began our day with fog and the sun shinning high as we made our way initially in Johnstone Strait but, with a report of orcas heading into Blackfish Sound we headed in that direction via the Plumper Islands and it was not long before we caught sight of a tall fin (male orca A66) foraging nearby in the fog. Soon after, blows were heard and other orcas were seen, all of them foraging and moving west in the Sound in the vicinity of Bold Head. The A8’s went by us first with the A30’s behind, A38 and A39 were spread far apart and foraging while the A50’s and A54’s (two sisters and their calves) travelled in close proximity to one another and they too were foraging. All of them were relaxed, spread out and foraging and their A-Clan calls were wonderful to listen to. With our engine cut and the boat drifting in the flooding current, they would forage away from us and then turn and make their way back towards the boat, their echolocations were clearly audible via our hydrophone. The lighting was superb when the Coast Range Mountains came into view as the fog lifted and the Queen Charlotte Strait was revealed as being blue, calm and glorious today, speckled with a myriad of birds and orca fins and also the unmistakable arching back and flukes of several humpback whales, some near and some far, it seemed they were in all directions and also in Blackfish Sound, there were at the very least five humpback whales in the near vicinity, three of them were off Bold Head. As we sat drifting in the current, we so enjoyed our time with the A30’s, especially A38 who came by foraging close, circling around the boat, passing along our starboard side and then off our bow, as did A86 & A93 who were foraging back and forth around us. What a wonderful day we all so enjoyed with the humpback whales adding greatly to our pleasure. Also seen: Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Red-necked Phalaropes, Fork-tailed Storm- Petrels, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfishers and Gulls++.

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