Another fabulous day of sailing with the orcas A30’s & A8’s + Humpback Whales+++

IMG_8662 IMG_8681 IMG_8690 IMG_8697 IMG_8698 IMG_8721 IMG_8731 IMG_8790 IMG_8791 IMG_8823 IMG_8835It was another windy day in Johnstone Strait enabling us to sail yet again using our main-sail in the flooding current off Cracroft Point in Blackney Passage. It was here that the A50’s & A54’s (of the A30’s ) were observed milling around, turning west and then east and back to the west, time and again. Along with the A30’s and A8’s, there was possibly the I27’s (part of the I15’s). The sea was very choppy and it was not easy to get a good close look at the dorsal fins and saddle patches from our perspective on the water today but looking through photo’s once back home, A66 from the A8’s was clearly present and a photo of another male orca possibly I77 (from I27’s) was also seen in the mix of numerous orcas seen milling around the Cracroft Point area earlier this morning. When a cruise ship passed through Blackney Passage from the east we observed the orcas moving out of the way and gathering in the back eddy off Cracroft Point, resting quietly, well out of the way of the Cruise ship while the small group of dolphins who were also in the area, interacting with the orcas, were seen riding briefly at the bow of the enormous ship! A beautiful rainbow appeared briefly in the sky while a Humpback Whale was observed feeding in the current near the Orcas and a few Pacific White-sided Dolphins suddenly appeared riding off the bow of our boat much to the excitement of everyone. Blackney Passage was a very busy place this morning! The I15’s were also in the area but across the Strait earlier this morning. Leaving the Orcas we sailed back to the west down wind and in Weynton Passage we met up with several more Humpback Whales which we counted as six, just in the vicinity of Weynton Passage, it was truly amazing. Also seen today: Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Fork-tailed Storm Petrels, Red-necked Phalaropes, Surf Scoters, Ruddy Turnstones, Belted Kingfishers and Gulls.

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