Today’s Sightings: Northern Resident Orca’s: A42s, A34s/A46, A25’s, A23s and A30s! Harbour seals, Stellar sea lions, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfishers, Red-necked Phalaropes, California and Herring Gulls, Marbled Murrelets, Rhinoceros Auklets and Black Turnstones. There were also three Humpback Whales sighted on both of our tours.
It was an amazing day with a lot of wind and wave action and sunshine! The A5 orcas travelled in split groups with the A42s in the vicinity of the A34s/A46 in Blackfish Sound on the morning tour while the A23s/A25s travelled back in from the Queen Charlotte Strait (where they had travelled to earlier this morning) later this afternoon bringing with them, the A30 Matriline! It was a treat to see them all, along with the Humpback Whales.
A highlight on the morning tour was a young orca who treated us to multiple breaches (see photo) while on the afternoon tour a Humpback Whale caught our attention with numerous pectoral fin slaps. In calmer protected waters, we all enjoyed the antics of Harbour Seals ‘torpedoing’ through the bull kelp while chasing fish.
Photo credits: Muriel Halle. All photo’s have been taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.