It was another gorgeous day on the water, calm and perfect for sighting humpback whale blows in the distance. The Plumper Islands this morning were sparkling with kelp forests glistening in the sunlight and the narrow passageways we cruised through on the ebb current were beautiful and at one point we glimpsed a small black-tailed deer grazing on a grassy islet. Once out in Blackfish Sound blows of humpback whales could be seen against the Swanson Island shoreline and as we neared Bold Head we observed two whales swimming together, a third one was nearby foraging, close in along the shoreline. Passing Bold Head the three whales came together and everyone onboard enjoyed watching as they lunged, feeding close into shore several times, working together side by side, the three would surface and dive simultaneously. One whale was observed ‘trumpeting’ and the viewing was extremely picturesque and exciting; the rocky shoreline was sunlit and glistening and the sound of shorebirds calling was audible while we drifted quietly waiting for the whales to surface. It was a brilliant and close encounter and before leaving the area we watched as they headed north west together. Other sightings included: harbour seals, dalls porpoises, pacific white-sided dolphins, rhinoceros and cassin’s auklets, common murres, pigeon guillemots, belted kingfishers, mew gulls and bald eagles.