Sightings: Northern Resident Orcas – A42’s, A23’s, A25’s, Humpback Whales, Dall’s porpoises, harbour seals, Steller sea lions, Bald Eagles, a Hybrid porpoise, Belted Kingfishers, Red-Necked Phalaropes, Pigeon Guillemots, California Gulls, Black Oystercatchers, Rhinoceros Auklets and a Mink.
The day was a beautiful one for being out on the water and on both of our tours we enjoyed some incredible viewing of both Humpback Whales and Orcas as well as a myriad of other wildlife.
On our morning tour we encountered Northern Resident Orcas – the A5s (A23s, A25s and A42s) and four Humpback Whales. When A61 passed nearby we were all in awe of his sheer size and magnificence and watched as he foraged back and forth around us. We also observed some resting behaviour by the orcas when they formed a resting line and slowly made their way back to the east. We watched in amazement the speed of some Red-necked phalaropes as they raced on by us as we made our way back home!
On the afternoon tour we found ourselves once again in the company of the A5 orcas, the Matrilines A25s, A23s and A42s. We were delighted to see a breaching orca calf followed by it porpoising! There were two humpback whales in the area, one was identified as Freckles. One of the highlights of the afternoon was the sighting of a hybrid porpoise observed amongst some bow riding Dall’s porpoises and then we sighted a mink running along the shoreline in a quiet passage en-route for home.
It truly was a remarkable day seeing so much on both of our tours and so close to home!