Humpback whales, Orcas and bow-riding Dall’s Porpoises ~ Brilliant viewing!

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Dall’s Porpoise

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Dall’s Porpoise bow-riding

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It was a fantastic and sunny day of viewing in calm, sea blue waters. Our first humpback whale blow was seen off the Plumper Islands in Weynton Passage and with the ebbing current, we were soon out in Blackfish Sound with a whale named Cutter, another Humpback whale was seen due north while two more were further down in Blackfish Sound. A small group of Dall’s Porpoises were seen feeding close along the Plumper Island shoreline and as we observed them, they made their way to the bow of our boat and rode playfully along for a considerable distance. It was absolutely wonderful to see them gliding, streamlined below us and as we watched they darted off, only to return and ride at the bow again and again. For some passengers on board S.V. Tuan today, this was the highlight of the tour! Orcas, the A36 brothers: A37 and 46, were the first Northern Resident Orcas to arrive back into the area yesterday afternoon making their way in, easting off Donegal Head and down through Blackfish Sound. Their echo locations were heard by Orcalab from their hydrophone in Robson Bight this morning and they were seen heading to the west off the Sophia Islands. We were excited to see A46 travelling west and near to Cracroft Point where we left him approaching Cracroft Point but seemingly going nowhere in the current that had turned to flood, he was possibly waiting for A37 to catch him up. We did not get a visual on A37 who yesterday was seen travelling a considerable distance behind his younger brother and while we scanned and scanned we did not see A37, he may well have been in the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. It was wonderful knowing that the two brothers were still travelling our local waters together and that they were the first orcas to arrive back this summer. Also seen today: harbour seals, rhinoceros auklets, bald eagles, glaucous-winged and mew gulls and belted kingfishers. IMG_4173 IMG_4180 IMG_4184 IMG_4189 IMG_4231 IMG_4243 IMG_4253IMG_4121 IMG_4136 IMG_4138 IMG_4139

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