Humpback Whales with superb viewing!

IMG_9710 IMG_9697 IMG_9719 IMG_9727 IMG_9728 IMG_9729 IMG_9741 IMG_9756 IMG_9771 IMG_9784 IMG_9794 IMG_9795 IMG_9801 With a report of Orcas (A30’s and I15’s) east of Forward Bay in Johnstone Strait this morning and still easting we explored in through Weynton Passage and it was here that we enjoyed the dynamic behaviour of four Humpback Whales feeding in a specific area of the Passage where large flocks of Common Murres and Rhinoceros Auklets had also gathered. With our engine off and our boat drifting in the current, it was breathtaking to watch the surfacing and diving sequences of the whales as they circled back and forth, surfacing one after another and simultaneously at times with one whale breaching once nearby the boat much to the surprise of us all.  The viewing was exciting and superb while the sounds of Murres calling back and forth to their young, the blows and trumpeting of the whales and the background roaring chatter of Stellar Sea Lions all added greatly to the mystical atmosphere and exquisite beauty of the day as seen in the clearing fog.  Also seen: Stellar Sea Lions, Dall’s Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Red-necked Phalaropes, Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, Ruddy Turnstones, Black Oyster Catchers, a Pelagic Cormorant, Mew, Herring and Glaucous-winged Gulls. Like yesterday, due to the denseness of the fog that lingered for much of the tour, there is little contrast in the greyness of the photo images posted today.

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