Humpback Whale and bow-riding Dall’s Porpoises ~

Passengers on board S.V. Tuan enjoyed a beautiful day on the water and early on in the tour sighted a black bear on a beach and then the blow of a humpback whale in the distance in Blackfish Sound. The current was flooding and as we progressed and made our way into Weynton Passage we could see the whale was also making its way in as well and observed it taking long dives with 5-6 breathes between the dives. A second humpback whale was also sighted later down in Blackfish Sound. The day was a beautiful one for cruising through the island waterways and at one point we enjoyed the presence of a small group of dall’s porpoises riding at our bow. Also seen today: bald eagles++ and an eaglet on the nest, harbour seals (mothers and pups), pigeon guillemots, rhinoceros and cassin’s auklets, glaucous-winged and mew gulls.  Thanks to Jackie of MERS, she has confirmed our whale today as ‘Cutter’.IMG_3818 IMG_3824 IMG_3825 IMG_3827 IMG_3853IMG_3856 IMG_3859 IMG_3864 IMG_3866 IMG_3867

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