Orcas & Humpbacks
This morning started off with 6 Humpback Whales in Queen Charlotte Strait. They were spread out for as far as the eye can see but we also saw 2 quite close. Once we found the Orcas soon after they were very active on the surface as well as foraging below it. We saw many breaches, tail and pec slaps and other erratic movements as they chased fish here and there. The vocals we heard with our hydrophone were pretty nice as were the intense click trains we heard as the whales detected their prey with echo-location. This afternoon the Orcas had continued west but we did see 5 Humpback whales and a Minke whale. We were able to confirm that 2 of these animals were new to the area by getting great views of their tails as they lifted them into the air while submerging themselves on a long dive. All day the sea was flat calm which made for some very interesting fishy smells in the air where the Humpback whales had been exhaling.