Magnificent Humpback Whales, bow-riding Dall’s Porpoises and so much more!

Our sightings: Humpback Whales, Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Two Black-tailed Deer, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Sooty Shearwaters, Belted Kingfishers and Gulls Galore!

Humpback Whales never disappoint! Time and again throughout the season we have used that phrase because no other phrase can fully describe the wonderment and joy that we feel each time we go out on tour and see Humpback Whales! How can we not feel elated and excited when just a few decades ago, Humpback Whales were never seen, and certainly not in 1986 when we first began our tours. To see these magnificent giants back in our area is indeed reason to celebrate.

Today on our tour we saw more than 12 of them and observed foraging behaviour and some fantastic breaching by Yahtzee who, with her calf was among those that we saw (and identified) today along with Merge and Twister. All of us enjoyed the Dall’s Porpoises who joined us bow-riding alongside, darting back and forth in their zigzag fashion under and around our boat.

We also saw, Sooty Shearwaters feeding near the Humpback Whales in flight skimming along the water and diving deep, two Black-tailed Deer grazing on an island, Stellar Sea Lions and Harbour Seals hauled out on rocky outcrops, Bald Eagles perched high on treetops and Belted Kingfishers in flight close along the shoreline of narrow island waterways. How incredible is the world in which we live!

Photo Credits: Robin Quirk and Seasmoke Whale Watching. All photo’s have been taken with a telephoto lens and have been cropped.

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Sooty Shearwater

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Yahtzee and her calf

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