We enjoyed another fabulous day of viewing Humpback Whales and while fog was present in the early part of our tour, we watched mesmerized as it cleared in waves, drifting back in momentarily, it would clear again enabling us to view numerous whales moving about Upper Blackfish Sound and our viewing became mystical and calculating while listening for their blows when not seeing them in the fog. We also listened to the penguin-like calls and cries of Common Murres, and the frenzied activity of gulls feeding on the herring being driven up to the surface by the ever-present diving birds, Murres and Rhinoceros Auklets, enabling the gulls to also take advantage to feed whilst the herring shimmered on the surface of the water. As the ebbing current slackened, the humpback whale feeding intensified as bait balls began forming again and again with increasing bird activity. It was exciting and phenomenal to watch, all of us with focussed anticipation, waiting for a whale to surface, all the while observing how their exceedingly large sleek bodies could move with rapid acceleration and momentum when lunging up through the herring (and gathered birds) seemingly out of nowhere! As well as lunge feeding and their constant cruising through areas where diving birds had gathered, we observed one whale coming up through a herring ball and hang suspended at the surface, opening and closing its mouth wide as its food source entered at the same time pirouetting its head around, we all watched fully immersed and intrigued by this extraordinary feeding behaviour. Including seeing Slash and her calf Stitch, we were very fortunate in seeing 8+ Humpback Whales today. Also seen: Stellar Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises with one bow riding briefly alongside on our way back into Alert Bay at the end of the tour, Sooty Shearwaters ++++, Pacific Loons, Red-necked Phalaropes, Ancient Murrelets, Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers, Glaucous-winged, Herring, Mew and Bonaparte Gulls.