A magnificant rainbow appeared as we were boarding passengers at the dock in Alder Bay this morning. It was fabulous to watch as it formed an arch across the Bay, a perfect circle reflecting off the water like a huge picture frame that was absolutely stunning and a wonderful note to commence our tour on. We encountered orcas moving swiftly through Blackfish Sound on the ebb current but as they neared mid-way in the Sound they began to slow down. They were identified as the A34’s and they were traveling a distance behind A12 and the A36 brothers who were foraging towards the west. A12 was with A37 and A46 was further out, following after the I15’s who were all spread out ahead of them. The day was beautiful, calm and sunny as we sat listening to some beautiful A-Clan calls via the hydrophone off Bold Head while at the same time a Minke Whale was sighted in the distance and two Humpback Whales were nearby feeding, a third Humpback Whale was a distance away. As we sat drifting in the current it was exciting to observe all of the marine activity surrounding us just a short distance away. Before leaving the area we observed the A34’s passing by Donegal Head on Malcolm Island still traveling west in the Queen Charlotte Strait with A12 and the A36’s traveling parallel but further out in the Strait. On our way home a small group of Dalls Porpoises rode briefly at the bow of the boat much to the surprise and delight of all onboard. Other sightings today included: Dalls Porpoises, Stellar Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, Red-necked Phalaropes, Common Murres, Belted Kingfishers, Bald Eagles, Mew and Herring Gulls.