A beautiful day in the company of gentle giants and other marine species including a Sea Otter!
The Resident Orcas were far off to the east and west today however, we had wonderful company and viewings aboard the S.V. Tuan. We saw several humpbacks including individuals: Ripple, Guardian, and KC. Some that we observed were foraging in the tidal currents, fully focussed they were engaged in feeding! KC we viewed in the very scenic area out from the White Cliff Islands where the view-scape and back drop showing the Coast Range Mountains today with several photo's of one of KC's dive sequence is quite spectacular! The gorgeous hues of the colour blue of the sky and water is accentuated a little more by the contrast of white shown on KC's fluke. There were Stellar Sea Lions swimming along with us as well as Dall's Porpoises and hauled out Harbour Seals (mothers and their pups) on the rocks as we travelled via some scenic island waterways. It was very exciting to catch sight of and view at a distance a Sea Otter, this is possibly the same otter that has been in the vicinity for several weeks now and appears to be doing well.
There were also a lot of surface feeding activity with Rhinoceros Auklets, Gull species and Common Murres all were feeding in the tidal current while other bird species seen today included Bald Eagles, Black Turnstones, Black Oystercatchers, Red-necked Phalaropes and Harlequin Ducks.
Today's penned comments:
"Amazing tour! Thank you, any day at sea is better than the best day on land. Great sights, great hosts! Thank you" Roanna, Victoria BC
"Beautiful sight-seeing. Loved seeing the whales and sea lions. Best tea & scones we have ever had. Will be telling all our friends and family about this tour, thank you for the excellent hosts!" Jazaray and Jason, Phoenix, AZ
"Had a great time, would do it all again, wonderful to see the humpback whales" Donna & Mike, Airdrire, Alberta