Wonderful A30 Matriline ~resting, Humpback Whales ++, bow-riding Dall’s Porpoises and a Minke Whale

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was a wonderfully relaxing day we all shared, beautiful, calm and scenically gorgeous and everywhere we looked it seemed a Humpback Whale could be seen near and far away surfacing and diving! Heading out this morning we made our way out through Cormorant Channel where our first sighting of two Humpback Whales were feeding and nearby hundreds of Red-necked Phalaropes had gathered in sheltered waters. Orcas had been reported in Blackfish Sound and we headed in that direction and could see blows of  both Orcas and Humpback Whales in Blackfish Sound.  A group of Dall’s Porpoises suddenly appeared and porpoised  towards us and were soon bow-riding along, they were darting back and forth and were so exuberant, it was wonderful having them alongside until we arrived at the orcas (A30 Matriline) where they suddenly left us. The two brothers, A38 and A39 were off foraging separately while the two sisters with their calves were resting quietly, the A50’s were near the top end of Blackfish Sound while the A54’s were resting in the middle of Blackfish Sound. It was so good listening to the blows of the Orcas and Humpback Whales as they punctuated the silence around us, time and again!  There were at least 10 Humpback Whales that we saw today, four on our way home.  Also seen today: A Minke Whale, Pacific White-sided Dolphins interacting with the Orcas, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Belted Kingfishers, a Great Blue Heron and Gulls.

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