Blog for today: Bubble netting Humpback Whales + Orcas + Dolphins + Porpoises

Today has to be one of the loveliest days of the season, the height of summer and even a twinge of fall could be felt in the still calm air this morning. It is days like these that we all cherish and appreciate, living the lives that we do in such a paradise on the North Island. Several groups of Orcas headed west through Blackfish Sound quickly on the fast ebbing current this morning and we caught up to them near the top end of Blackfish Sound, and while it was foggy, passengers enjoyed watching A38 forage back and forth before moving further west trailing behind his two sisters and their calves, A39 was also seen. The A30’s, A25’s and A23’s were amongst the movement to the west and the A8’s while trailing the rest, they too were moving steadily along. En route to the Orcas we passed by two Humpback Whales in Cormorant Channel but there were at least six more in the vicinity of Bold Head and Blackfish Sound. One whale in particular was Bubble Net Feeding and we could clearly observe this when the bubbles began appearing in a circle, growing larger to trap the small fish and then in the centre of the circle the whale would dive to feed.  It was incredible viewing, especially on such a calm and glorious day with the Coast Range Mountains forming a picturesque backdrop to the Queen Charlotte Strait. Everywhere one looked, Humpback Whales were sighted and their blows and trumpeting sounds were wonderful to listen to. At one point, before the trailing Orcas (A8’s) moved further west into the fog, not only were we viewing Orcas and Humpback Whales simultaneously but also a few Pacific-White-sided Dolphins and some Dall’s Porpoises, all of them together, it was fantastic! The day was a glorious one, breathtaking and superb, everything that could, glistened, including the long trailing kelp forests that were spread-out in abundance along the shorelines. The last finale for us today was a small group of Dall’s Porpoises who darted along beside us, riding at the bow of the boat and providing much excitement for everyone on board. Also seen: Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Red-necked Phalaropes, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfishers, a Great Blue Heron, a Stellar Sea Lion, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Oyster Catchers, Ruddy Turnstones and Gulls++ 

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