An amazing day with Northern Resident Orcas: A5’s, Sea Otters and Humpback Whales!

Onboard the M.V. Seasmoke this morning we began our tour with light fog and mist in our surroundings. At the bald eagle nest that we have been viewing in recent days, we watched excitedly as one of the parents flew into the nest with a fish for its young eaglet to feast on.

As we toured further, we passed by harbour seals and were very lucky to see a sea otter in amongst the kelp forest! While explaining about the bull kelp forests our young guest Chloe showed a keen interest in the jelly fish she could see floating past the boat!

Hearing a report about orca’s in the area we made our way east and caught up to them as they neared the Robson Bight (Michael Biggs) Ecological Reserve. It was fabulous to see them. They had been identified as the A5 pod and listening on the hydrophone we could clearly hear their beautiful A-Clan calls! Listening to their calls is a truly wonderful sound and adds greatly to the experience of seeing orcas in the wild!

As we headed back to the west we found two humpback whales feeding in the tide rips. It was a fabulous ending to a remarkable day of viewing and with Chloe from Switzerland as AJ’s co-pilot, we headed back home with one last wonderful viewing, of yet another sea otter! Was it the same sea otter that we had seen earlier on in the tour? Of that we cannot be sure!

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WOW ~ wonderfully outstanding whales ~ humpbacks!

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We headed out this morning and took our time meandering through scenic waterways of the Pearse Islands viewing belted kingfishers and bald eagles along the way. We also explored the amazing array of intertidal marine-life, all of it was fascinating to view and the colours were mixed and beautiful to observe at such close range!

In Weynton Passage we scanned for blows in the area and our patience was rewarded when we sighted a Humpback Whale in the middle of the Pass! The whale was moving back and forth in the strong flooding current.

In a large Bald Eagles nest nearby we could all clearly see an Eaglet with its two parents sitting close by. It was amazing to watch one of the adults returning to the nest with a fish that we had observed it catching only moments earlier!

In Blackfish Sound we looked for more blows and could see two more humpback whales down near Blackney Passage. The wind and the current swirled the water around fiercely while the humpback whales foraged in the midst of the current.

Just prior to leaving the area we noticed a few tail lobs from one of the humpback whales. Counting a total of eight tail lobs we observed that both of the whales were tail lobbing. It was an  incredible viewing, made even more phenomenal because of the wind conditions and surging current!

We headed back home towards sunshine and a brilliant blue sky. WOW describes it all!

Today’s Sightings:
Humpback whales, Belted Kingfishers, Bald Eagles, their nests and an Eaglet in a nest, Harbour Seals,
Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-Necked Phalaropes, Black Oystercatchers, Wandering Tattler, Gulls,
Intertidal marine-life including Sea Urchins.