July 30th


The sun shone brightly as we headed out towards Blackfish Sound. We hadn't gone far when we found a female humpback and her calf foraging through the calm waters. As we watched the calf arch its back to make a dive, flashing us a view of its tail-fluke, we were taken by surprise as moments later it was launching out of the water in a spectacular breach clearing the surface and twisting in mid-air to land on its back, then performing the same feat another three times. Truly magnificent! As if this was not enough we later caught-up with a small group of resident orcas (A34 and her offspring) and watched transfixed as they lunged out of the water chasing salmon, we were even lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the three year old calf breaching.
Other wildlife sighted throughout the day included harbour seals, bald eagles, red-necked
phalaropes, Leach's storm-petrels, rhinoceros auklets and common murres.