Beautiful Humpback Whales!
The weather on the North Island continues to be gorgeous, it is incredible and while the days are sunny and warm the mornings have been foggy in recent days and today while it looked like it would clear early, it did not, but lingered low on the water. Orca reports this morning had the A23's and A25's easting in Johnstone Strait off Hickey Point while the A30's were eventually found near the Numas Islands and well to the west in the Queen Charlotte Strait. It was in Blackfish Sound that we cut our engine and listened for the blow of a humpback whale, surrounded by fog it was quiet on the water and just as we were about to start our engine the unmistakable sound of a humpback whale was clearly audible and we were able to glimpse it before it disappeared on a dive. We listened for several more of its blows and while the sun was warm above us, the fog while lessening, still hung low obscuring visibility of the whale and we left the area. Travelling into Weynton Passage the fog had cleared considerably and the day was a beautiful one and a second Humpback Whale surfaced suddenly nearby, it was exciting to see and the viewing was wonderful. Incredibly, as we began making our way home, two more Humpback Whales emerged from Weynton Passage, surfacing into Johnstone Strait they slowly headed east then turned back. It was fabulous seeing them together, their surfacing and diving sequence was brilliant to watch and enjoyed by everyone on board. Other species also seen: Harbour Seals, Dall's Porpoises, Bald Eagles, a Double Crested Cormorant, Red-necked Phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Herring, California, Mew and Glaucous-winged Gulls.