It was a magnificent day where the viewing got better and better even while the fog lingered, it was simply spectacular! We departed this morning in heavy fog and while Orcas had been reported in Johnstone Strait, they were headed to the east at quite a pace. We made our way over to the Stephenson Islands and enjoyed viewing Gulls, hauled out Harbour Seals and a Double Crested Cormorant who we have sighted frequently in recent weeks. Entering Weynton Passage the fog remained heavy and we made our way over to the hauled out Stellar Sea Lions and listening for blows as we went, we became aware that a Humpback Whale was nearby. It was fabulous to see the whale surfacing several times before diving and photographing the fluke, we were able to identify the whale as being “Argonaut” from the new Humpbacks of Northeastern Vancouver Island Catalogue put out by the Marine Education and Research Society http://www.mersociety.org (MERS). With news that the Orcas had turned back to the west, we ourselves turned back into Johnstone Strait and headed east, making our way along the Hanson Island shoreline towards the Orcas. It is always a wonderful experience to see ones first Orca emerging out of the empty whiteness of heavy fog, and so it was for many onboard this morning as suddenly, there they were! The A30’s were the first Orcas seen with the I15’s close behind them; A39 was travelling again today with the I27’s while the rest of the I15’s were nearby, they were all travelling close along the Hanson Island shoreline while the A30’s were some 400 metres further out from the shoreline. We observed when they stopped and rested briefly, waiting for some of the I15’s to catch up, then turning they made a start at going east before turning back to the west. Their vocalizations heard via our hydrophone were beautiful, fog bound we listened to the A-Clan calls of the A30’s and the G-Clan calls of the I15’s and when not seeing them for a moment, hearing calls along the shoreline, we knew them to be the I15’s with the A30’s, their calling a distance away, intermingling like an orchestra at play. It was breathtaking, a moment in time to be remembered long after today, not only of their blows punctuating the still foggy air and their vocalizations, but also of their mesmerizing synchronized surfacing, all together they would surface, fluid and effortless, we all watched in awe, spellbound! Also seen interacting amongst the orcas were a small group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins which were fascinating to watch. Joining us today were two returning guests, they were last out with us in the early ’90’s, it was a real joy and treat to have them onboard! Also seen: Dall’s Porpoises, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Red-necked Phalaropes, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, Great Blue Herons and Gulls.