Seeing blows and fins at the top end of Johnstone Strait this morning was a welcome and wonderful surprise; the viewing of orcas being so early into the tour. As we neared the two pods (A8’s and A23’s) they had just turned back to the east. The A23’s + A28 were traveling on the VI shoreline, A60 a few 100 meters out but parallel to the pod. The A8’s were on the Hanson Island shoreline. Wind conditions were perfect for sailing and so with our mainsail hoisted, it was really enjoyable to sail along quietly with the A23’s. As the A8’s began crossing back over towards the VI shoreline passengers had some very good viewing of them. The new calf this time was observed to be swimming with A42. Other sightings: Stellar Sea Lions swimming, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles in trees and fishing, Rhinoceros Auklets and numerous Gulls who were feeding on krill and herring.