Visually beautiful Humpback Whale Watching and Orcas as well!

IMG_0281 IMG_0284 IMG_0297 IMG_0306 IMG_0312 IMG_0320 IMG_0336 IMG_0378 IMG_0383 IMG_0384 IMG_0385 IMG_0446 IMG_0447 IMG_0452 IMG_0453Today has to be one of the loveliest days of the season, with the fog already cleared when we headed out this morning into blue waters, blue sky and sunshine. It was a lazy day feeling, and cruising out into Cormorant Channel we could see numerous Humpback Whale blows near and far and it was magnificent looking out towards Stubbs Island and the BC Coastal Range beyond. Alone on the water with no boat traffic near it was a privilege to simply be, to sit on deck and observe, absorb and reflect on the immense beauty and significance of this precious place on earth where so many marine and bird species congregate annually, especially in the summer and fall months. The sounds on the water today was that of many species, of Common Murres, the adult male parents calling back and forth to their young, Humpback Whales, their blows and trumpeting sounds punctuating the still morning air, gulls in a feeding frenzy feeding on herring and the background chatter of Stellar Sea Lions was never far away. So much beauty to gaze at in all directions and the Humpback Whales surfacing near and far was remarkable without a breath of wind to stir the water. Gulls were observed hovering over herring balls where Murres and Rhinoceros Auklets were active and one herring ball caught our eye where the small silver fish could be seen literally dancing on the surface of the water with gulls flying into and out of it while Common Murres were seen diving in from below. We remained drifting in the current nearby with our engine off photographing the gulls and herring when a Humpback Whale was seen a distance away and in seconds it emerged directly in the middle of the herring, unbelievably close, it was incredible and awesome!  We caught up to the Orcas, some of the I15’s (I27’s++) as they made their way west along the Hanson Island shoreline, the rest of the I15’s were directly opposite on the Vancouver Island shoreline. As we watched they continued on past Turn Point making their way towards Weynton Passage on the ebbing current. The weather was exceptional and the Cetacean viewing today phenomenal! Also seen: Stellar Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Bald Eagles, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, Great Blue Herons, Red-necked Phalaropes, Bald Eagles, Pelagic Cormorants, Herring, Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls.

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