What a beautiful morning we all enjoyed on the water with the rain clearing to reveal lovely shades of light reflecting on calm waters. There was an abundance of marine activity in our surroundings which added to the excitement of our passengers. We observed some beautiful sightings of the humpback whale Slash and her new calf, the calf was breaching and it was a phenomenal viewing! The photo’s of Slash have been cropped to enable better viewing, one of the photo’s clearly shows large slash’s across her body and she has no dorsal fin; the injuries are likely due to prop damage. Slash has been seen in our local waters since 2001. In total, some seven humpback whales were seen during our tour as well as harbour seals ( mothers and their pups), bald eagles++ sitting high in trees drying their wings, black oyster catchers, rhinoceros auklets and bow riding dall’s porpoises whose exuberance and darting speed delighted everyone on board!
Humpback Whale Slash (above) and mother and calf (below) ~
We enjoyed a gorgeous afternoon with sparkling blue waters, blue sky, a calm sea and the snow capped Coast Range Mountains on mainland BC provided a beautiful backdrop for viewing humpback whales. There were four of them that we sighted (others were also in the area). They were spread out in Blackfish Sound moving around the area, some making wide circles. One humpback whale provided some exciting viewing while swimming close as we sat drifting with our engine off. It would pass by and then circle around and swim past again. The bright orange discolouration of its faeces in the water indicated to us that it was likely feeding on krill. We also observed: dall’s porpoises, harbour seals, bald eagles and rhinoceros auklets.
How good does it get to be talking on the phone at 8. 28 p.m. to New Zealand when glancing out the window by chance I saw one fin, and thinking that it was a minke whale I looked a second time thinking yes, a minke whale, and then suddenly wow! Orcas, 5-6 of them including a tall dorsal (male). They surfaced again just ahead of the green light off the Nimpkish River reef area and then they disappeared on a long dive, reappearing at the green can bouy where I could barely make them out. How fantastic to see their passing and just by fluke I might add! The two photo’s of the orcas are not good but the best that were taken considering the distance away, unfortunately our 400 mm lens is still away being repaired. They have to be Biggs Transients, and moving very quickly past the Bay! What a fabulous day it has been and as I post this, the sound of a Bald Eagle is crying out in the background…
S.V. Tuan approaching the Government Dock in Alert Bay this morning.
Alert Bay early this morning.
Alert Bay early this morning
A beautiful day has made its way into the Bay, the clouds have broken and there are large patches of blue sky and the sun is already shining. Outside the air is sweet and fresh and the plants and trees look replenished. Nature at its very best, but so often we do not see it in the smaller everyday things (like rain falling and plant life being revived) that we take for granted which are actually big and necessary things in all of our lives.