Today’s sightings: Orcas, Humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, Stellar sea lions, Harbour seals, Bald Eagles, Black-tailed deer, Rhinoceros and Cassin’s Auklets, Marbled Murrelets, Common Murres, Red-necked Phalaropes, Black Turnstones, Pigeon Guillemot’s, Belted Kingfishers and Gull species.
It is a delight working within a whale watching community that when on the water; information is shared in regards to where the whales are. People are working together, communicating sightings and helping each other whenever needed. This information is also shared with the researchers, so they too are utilizing the resources of having boats and eyes on the water.
Our skipper heard a report that Orcas were traveling in the fast expansive open water of the Queen Charlotte Strait. Thankfully the weather was working with us today as the visibility was crystal clear and the sea conditions calm.
The Orcas were spread out, reaching from one island to another with miles in between. Amongst the pods of Orca foraging were foraging Humpback whales so at times we could see both species surfacing at the same time. With the Mainland Mountains in the background and picturesque islands and islets in the foreground, birds patiently waiting for a bait-ball to drift by and the sounds of blows in the distance, it was a wonderful feast of mother nature at its most abundant.
As the food multiplies so does all the critters that forage in these parts. Our bird numbers are rising, the Sea Lions are moving in, soon more dolphins will be sighted on a daily basis and once all the Eaglets and other chicks are fledged, the trees and sky will be clouded with bird life.
Peak season from the animal’s perspective will soon be upon us. How amazing it is to see them successfully hunt and forage, keeping their specie alive and thriving.
Seasmoke Whale Watching photo’s have been taken with a telephoto lens by Dave Jones and have been cropped.