Today was one of those lovely days that we dream about and love on the North Island; clear blue skies, calm waters, sunshine and warmth! There were many orcas to be seen in Johnstone Strait this morning, several pods were in transit, the A12’s, A30’s, A8’s and A24’s. Passengers on the morning tour enjoyed some wonderful encounters with the A12’s who headed into Blakney passage and were steadily foraging off Cracroft Point and near to the boat at times as it sat idle and drifting, their sleek bodies were seen as they swam underwater along side the boat, delighting and surprising everyone when they did so. Their A-Clan vocals were heard via the hydrophone. On the afternoon tour, the A12’s were again sighted, this time out in the Queen Charlotte Strait, they were foraging and moving somewhat slowly to the west but not in any rush. Pacific White-sided Dolphins were also in the area feeding, passing at times very near to the boat enabling everyone on board to enjoy their enthusiastic energy. Other sightings today were: Several Stellar Sea Lions swimming and also hauled out 23++, Harbor Seals, Dall’s Porpoises, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Turnstones, Bald Eagles, White-winged Scoters, Black Oyster Catchers, A Peregrine Falcon, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls.