July 31st


The water was calm and sparkling with sunlight as we headed out this morning. Houdini ( a well known female humpback) foraged for small fish while her 7 month old calf goofed around. It was comical to watch. The calf rolled on to its back waving its pectoral fins high in the air, followed by a couple of tail slaps, a breach, and some more fin waggling, this lasted for most of the morning! The afternoon was spent near Robson Bight Ecological Reserve watching a group of resident orcas foraging and chasing salmon. One particular high speed chase ended in a kill which was shared between the group; dropping the hydrophone into the water we were able to listen in on their vocalization as the fish was consumed.
Other wildlife sighted throughout the day included harbour seals, Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, bald eagles, rhinoceros auklets and common murres.