August 14th


Todays tours were fantastic! The morning was spent in the glorious sunshine watching the resident orca group the A36's (consisting of three notorious brothers) foraging in Queen Charlotte Strait accompanied by A34 and her offspring. The afternoon got off to a spectacular start when we encountered a mother black bear with her two cubs searching for lunch on the beach! We soon caught up with a large group of resident orcas (the I15's), as they snoozed in the afternoon sun, it was amazing to watch the whole group raise and dive simultaneously as they made their way up the Strait towards Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. The homeward journey was capped off by a sighting of Pacific white-sided dolphins as they raced passed us, and a small group of very energetic Dall's porpoises as they darted and dived around the front of the SV Tuan.
Other wildlife seen included Common Murres, Rinocerous Auklets, Marbled Murrelets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Pigeon Guillemots, Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, Glaucous Winged Gulls, California Gulls, Harbour Seals, and Steller Sea lions.