Today’s Sightings: Orcas (A30’s, I15’s, I31’s), Humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, Stellar sea lions, Harbour seals, Bald Eagles, Common Murre’s, Rhinoceros and Cassin’s Auklets, Pigeon Gullimots, Gull species, Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons and Black Oystercatchers.
We had two tours today and with the sun shining and relatively calm conditions it made for a fabulous day on the water.
We began our morning tour starting with the small creatures of the sea and ending with the large Humpback whales. Dall’s porpoises hitched a ride on our bow as we journeyed East. Their torpedo shaped bodies and distinct patterns of black and white looked stunning through the crystal clear water.
The next marine mammal encounter was with the large and graceful acrobat, the Stellar Sea Lion. Its mustard toned body porpoised through the water giving off an impression that swimming is a fun novelty. We saw Humpback whales foraging around a group of small islands, utilizing the currents to round up their prey.
The orcas on our morning tour were seen just outside of the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. They were using the momentum from the ebbing current to assist them as they headed west. They were gathered together in their family group, lined up side by side. Slowly but steadily the Orcas journeyed west while we watched in awe at how effortlessly and gracefully they moved through the element of sea and current.
On our afternoon tour we encountered the orcas in Blackney Passage, their vocals were eerie but beautiful and their mysterious conversations filled the afternoon air. The Humpback whales were numerous and we watched as one tail-lobbed a number of times and the crack of thunder caused by the forceful slap, sent shivers up our spine.
Another day has passed, leading us towards the end of August. We are already starting to see the tiniest hint of fall as migrating birds fill the skies and their calls fill our ears.
Seasmoke Whale Watching photo’s have been taken using a telephoto lens and have been cropped.