Our sightings: Biggs (Transient) Orcas, Humpback Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros and Cassin’s Auklets, Red-Necked Phalaropes, Common Murres, Bald Eagles, a Great Blue Heron, Sooty Shearwaters, Surf Scoters and Gulls.
It was an incredibly exciting day to be on the water whale watching. There were a total of twelve Biggs (Transient) Orcas in the area, they were identified as the T099s, T034s, T037s. It is a large number of Biggs Orcas to be passing through this area at the same time and so today’s viewing of them was quite remarkable. Their playful activity that we observed included numerous tail slaps and spyhops! The A30s were also in the area but further east in Johnstone Strait while the Biggs who had travelled east in Johnstone Strait from Weynton Passage earlier in the morning, they turned into Blackney Passage and in through Blackfish Sound.
Our viewing of Humpback Whales and their behaviour was also fascinating to watch today, especially of their lunge feeding activity. There were six whales, amongst them were Stripe and Freckles. Humpback Whales are extremely photogenic and never disappoint!
A Bald Eagle swimming in the water with a codfish also caught our attention, there was so much going on and to look at in all directions, it was an amazing time that we all shared!
Photo credits: Muriel Halle. All photo’s have been cropped and taken with a telephoto lens.