Today’s sightings: Orca, Humpback whales, Dalls porpoises, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Black Turnstones, Black Oystercatchers, Great Blue Herons, Common Murres and Gull species.
It was a busy day in Alert Bay as people from all over the province arrived on our island to take part in the now famous – Alert Bay 360; a kayak race around Cormorant Island. It is an annual event where professional kayakers will enter as well as those that simply want to join in, just for the fun of it. You can literally win the best prize just by participating, no matter where you come in the race.
Speaking of winning prizes, our guests on each tour today won the prize of seeing Orcas and some were even lucky enough to see both an Orca and a Humpback whale breech as well as a Humpback whale tail lobbing. How stunning it is to witness an eight ton black and white whale leap clear out of the water, and crash back down causing a chaotic splash.
We have been viewing the A5’s, I15’s and A30’s for the last few days so we are becoming familiar with their movements around the region. Where the salmon go the Orcas will follow as it is salmon (mostly Spring salmon) that is the favourite item on the resident killer whale diet. Both salmon and the whales make good use of currents and back eddies formed by massive amounts of water moving steadily along the coast. No matter what the wind is the doing, the stronger force is always from the sea
Despite the limited visibility with fog on our morning tour our experienced skipper was able to find the orcas and share the spectacle with our keen and interested visitors as well for the afternoon and evening tours that followed. Our visitors marvelled while listening to the vocalizations of the Orca and were in awe at the size and broadness of the Humpback whale flukes that literally filled a good portion of the horizon as these gentle animals prepared for a deep dive.
These were all splendid moments on a superb sea, and for visitors on the last tour of the day, they were fortunate to witness an amazing spectacle of orcas in passing. Their last vivid moments of seeing orcas was of a glassy calm sea and a fabulous sunset with fog in the distance! Mesmerizing and spectacular, those images as a memory will last a long while in their minds!
Seasmoke Whale Watching photo’s have been taken with a telephoto lens and have been cropped.