We enjoyed some wonderful whale watching today with the A-Clan orcas, the A23’s and A25’s and the fog and rain that closed in around us later on in our tour today only added to the magic of the beautiful B.C. rain-coast! We so enjoyed our early meanderings through the Stephenson Islands where bald eagles were gathered and harbour seals (mothers and their pups) were hauled out. The orcas were travelling west from Boat Bay and we encountered them near the Baron Reefs in Johnstone Strait. They were travelling slowly, stopping at times to forage, both groups were travelling close along the Hanson Island shoreline and at one point an orca breached twice and a lucky passenger onboard captured one of the breaches, alas, we did not, but the moment was a splendid one for those watching! Also seen today: dall’s porpoises, rhinoceros auklets, common murres, black oyster catchers and black turnstones, bald eagles++, belted kingfishers and gull species.
Today’s penned comments:
“A foggy morning, but a great boat trip! We’ve seen orcas, eagles, kingfishers and more. Maureen and Mike are great hosts! We had nice warm cups of tea with scones and muffins. The best were the orcas, beautiful animals! Thanks a lot.” ~ Fam. van der Eyk, Netherlands
“We were fortunate to see orcas today and Maureen’s information about them made it even more memorable. Thanks for the warm clothes, coffee and homemade food. We have had a fantastic trip. Thank you!” ~ Richard, Janet & Dillion, London, England.
“We had a wonderful trip! We started with sunshine and a little ‘Seasmoke.’ We saw seals, bald eagles, porpoises and orca’s. Later on it started raining but it didn’t matter at all. We had some drinks and scones. Thank you for taking us to this place on earth!” ~ Fam. Nieuwhof, Netherlands