It was a wonderful day for viewing Orcas and Humpback Whales with an early sighting of orcas not long after departing Alder Bay this morning. It was exciting to see their dorsal fins and blows ahead of us, spread out across the Strait; a sight made more beautiful with the sun shinning bright behind them. We identified the orcas as the A12’s (A34’s + A12) and the three A36 brothers, all of whom were foraging to the west as far as the Bauza Islets, where a brief turn was observed back to the east and then movement towards Weynton Passage with the ebb current. A12 was foraging near A37 while A46 at one point was foraging with A55, A80, A67 and her calf, and A32 was foraging furtherest to the east before turning back to join the others; there was a lot of socializing observed between the groups. It was extremely interesting to watch as four orcas (A12 and the A36’s) suddenly appeared grouped together and began travelling through Lulu Island Pass (outer passage in the Plumper Islands) while the A34’s carried on through Weynton Passage. Once out in Blackfish Sound A12 and the A36’s continued to forage, as did the A34’s but further out in the Queen Charlotte Strait. With Humpback Whale blows being sighted in the distance in Blackfish Sound and off Bold Head we headed towards Bold Head where it seemed that in all directions, Humpback Whale blows and activity could be seen as their large flukes and arching dark backs could be seen disappearing from sight. It was difficult to keep track of their numbers but there were possibly eight in the area. As we watched a large group of seabirds feeding in a frenzy over a herring ball, a whale made its way quickly towards it and then with a scattering of birds it was seen in the middle lunge feeding. It was simply amazing to see so much marine mammal and seabird activity all in the relatively small area in which we were today and this included seeing some Sooty Shearwaters who were still in the area today, feeding along with the Auklets and Murres. Other species seen: Stellar Sea Lions ++++, Harbour Seals, Dalls Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Red-necked Phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Surf Scoters, Pelagic Cormorants, California, Mew, Glaucous-winged & Herring Gulls and many unidentified birds migrating south.