It was another beautiful day with some incredible sightings, all of which were seen in the space of moments of each sighting. It first began with the appearance of two playful and inquisitive river otters lounging on the dock in Alder Bay and then within minutes of departing from the Alder Bay Resort we were fortunate in sighting a minke whale while it foraged quietly in circles close along the Vancouver Island shoreline. Soon after, the blows of humpback whales could be seen, all were spread out in varying directions, as well we observed: dall’s porpoises, stellar sea lions and bald eagles++ with nine of them sitting in one tree. There were at least 5 humpback whales counted in the area today, two of them were observed lunge feeding through a herring ball and identified by Christie as being Conger and Horizon. Biggs (Transient) Orcas went by Alert Bay and Alder Bay this afternoon travelling to the west around 2.00 p.m., they were identified by Jared as the T109A’s and T12A, they were also seen from our house and our ‘On the Beach ‘ suite balcony. They appeared to linger and were observed still being in the area near the Nimpkish River at 3.30 p.m., they were taking long dives and unfortunately photographs of them were not obtained. Check : http://www.mersociety.org for information on their current research of minke and humpback whales in the area.