Today was a day to enjoy the wind and some drops of rain! Not long into the trip, we spotted blows in the distance, it was the I35’s making their way from Weynton Passage across the top end of Johnstone Strait and as they gracefully swam together, we sailed along with them as the SE winds today enabled us to do so. We soon encountered another pod, the I15s, as they were making their way through Weynton Passage in a resting line. Then came the humpback whales! We were surrounded by amazing marine life that included stellar sea lions whose roaring growls were heard above the wind as they gathered together, hauled out on a rocky outcrop. As it turned out, the I35’s, circled around the Stephenson Islands before making their way back through Weynton Passage and into Johnstone Strait following after the I15’s and so while we were watching humpback whales off Weynton Island, we again were able to enjoy seeing orcas! On one side of our boat, we had the I35’s and on the other, humpback whales feeding on bait balls formed by diving birds and gulls. One of the humpbacks was trap feeding, allowing us to see its huge mouth gaping through the surface of the water as it fed on herring. We could not help but be amazed by the beautiful sights and sounds of these precious ‘inside waters’ of our BC coast!
Also seen: Dall’s Porpoises, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Harbour Seals, Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles and Gull species.
Today’s penned comments: “It was wonderful, we are so happy to view the orcas and humpback whales. Thank you.” The Pirates from Trum were here! Switzerland, Peter, Raji, Franz, Berli, Wadi & Esther
“Our second trip in 2 days and again breathtaking. Again a wonderful trip. We saw orcas, sea lions and even humpbacks feeding. We really love how you care about nature and never come too close or chase the animals. We feel how you love nature. We appreciate very much the effort to make vegan muffins & scones. We will come back!” Annelies, Pieter & Willem, Belgium
“This was AWESOME – loved “Devonshire Pass”, Thank you!” R & G and Roxy