Humpback Whales in foggy surroundings ~beautiful!

IMG_9356 IMG_9353 IMG_9347 IMG_9336 IMG_9331 IMG_9327 IMG_9325 A late posting for August 3, 2013 due to internet problems:

When we headed out this morning we travelled east in Johnstone Strait in the direction of where Orcas had last been heard passing by in the early a.m. The fog was heavy and just after leaving the dock at Alder Bay a Minke Whale and a single Dalls Porpoise were briefly sighted. As the morning progressed, orcas were finally reported east of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, they were still headed east and were later reported nearing Naka Creek. We made our way into Weynton Passage and shutting down our engine we listened for Humpback Whale blows and soon heard a large blow, and with it, the sounds of Gulls, Common Murres, Bald Eagles and Stellar Sea Lions, all acoustically beautiful to listen to in the still and foggy morning air. Several times we stopped to listen for blows and could see a large whale disappearing into the fog, in one direction and then another so that two Humpback Whales we believed were in close proximity to each other in the flooding current. The heavy fog did not begin clearing until early afternoon in Weynton Passage when it began to lift and we could see Stubbs Island along with another Humpback Whale, this one being sighted a fair distance away from our previous sightings and in the opposite direction, near to Stubbs Island bringing our count to three Humpback Whales in the vicinity of Weynton Passage. Arriving back into Alder Bay this afternoon it was a treat to watch the antics of two young River Otters who were hauled out on the dock playing together, seemingly unconcerned by our presence and watching eyes. Other species also seen: Stellar Sea Lions hauled out and swimming, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, Belted Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons.

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