As we made our way through the fog, we encountered a dozen+ harbour seals, well camouflaged they were resting amongst the kelp forests along the Stephenson Islands, while a few Bald Eagles were perched among the trees. Venturing into Weynton Passage the blow of a humpback whale was seen through the dispersing fog near the Plumper Islands. Watching as the humpback whale made its way towards Johnstone Strait, we continued towards Blackfish Sound stopping to observe a group of steller sea lions swimming along the shoreline below where a couple of bald eagles perched near their nest. With word of Biggs Transient Orcas approaching the Penfold Islets, we made our way in that direction. The T59’s (5), T90’s (3) T124A1 (1), were ahead of us and travelling fast, breaching as they went, meanwhile we enjoyed some wonderful viewing of the T10’s (T10 the mother with her two sons, T10B & T10C) who were following the other orcas but as they were travelling more slowly, it enabled us to observe the graceful, synchronized surfacing of the three orcas together. The 12 Biggs Transient Orcas were identified thanks to Jared Towers of DFO. Suddenly a humpback whale breached ahead of us, we missed the photo of the breach but the splash we did not! What a sight it was to see that breach! After the extraordinary viewing of the T10’s amid such magical beauty of the blue calm waters in the sunshine with the fog disappearing around us, we headed back seeing more humpback whale blows in the distance. The sights and sounds of today’s trip were a great reminder of the beauty and fragility of Northern Vancouver Island.
Also seen: Dall’s porpoises, Rhinoceros auklets, Common Murres, Red-necked Phalaropes and Gull species.
Today’s penned comments: “Thanks for a great experience! It was really great! Greetings from Holland.”