The Humpback Whales, waves and wind showed all of us a wonderful time!

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October 4, 2016 ~

How marvellous was our last tour of the season where the Humpback Whales, wind and waves showed all of us a wonderful time!

Our sightings: Humpback Whales (10+), an American Mink, Steller Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Common Murres, White-winged Scoters, Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfishers, Pelagic Cormorants and Gulls!

With the sun shinning in our eyes the gray-blue waters topped with whitecaps and flocks of gulls hovering just above was so exciting when we first ventured out on our tour.

There was so much to see with Humpback Whale blows rising high in all directions, Great Blue Herons trying to keep balance on rafts of kelp forests, Dall’s Porpoises swimming playfully around us while we sat idle watching, Stellar Sea Lions peering back at us while swimming nearby, Bald Eagles eyeing up a large salmon that was likely caught by one of them, meanwhile a Mink was feeding voraciously upon it as they watched!

The Grand Finale for all of us was absolutely fantastic and drew our season to a close so beautifully!

Photo credits: Muriel Halle. All images have been cropped and taken by a telephoto lens.

Dolphins, Humpback Whales and Sea Lions ~ a trio of species gathered together and feasting!

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Our sightings: Humpback Whales, Pacific White-sided Dolphins++, Steller Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres,  Ancient Murrelets, Harlequin Ducks, White-winged Scoters, Great Blue Herons and Gulls!

It was a brilliant day for viewing Pacific White-sided Dolphins with 500++ that we saw feeding in the same area as the 8-10 Humpback Whales we also observed. Ojos Blancos, Conger, Twister, Muffin, Moon Star and Freckles were among those in the count of whales and it was Freckles who we heard trumpeting. We also heard some wonderful calling from the whales.

The Humpback Whales were surrounded by the dolphins who were also feeding and we listened to some nice vocals of the dolphins as they made their way in Blackfish Sound. The dolphins were leaping about with some Stellar Sea Lions who were also in the mix and porpoising along with the dolphins!

Photo credits: Muriel Halle. All photo’s have been cropped and taken with a telephoto lens.

Biggs (Transient) Orcas and Humpback Whales with phenomenal viewing!

 

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Male Belted Kingfisher

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Our sightings: Biggs (Transient) Orcas, Humpback Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros and Cassin’s Auklets, Red-Necked Phalaropes, Common Murres, Bald Eagles, a Great Blue Heron, Sooty Shearwaters, Surf Scoters and Gulls.

It was an incredibly exciting day to be on the water whale watching. There were a total of twelve Biggs (Transient) Orcas in the area, they were identified as the T099s, T034s, T037s. It is a large number of Biggs Orcas to be passing through this area at the same time and so today’s viewing of them was quite remarkable. Their playful activity that we observed included numerous tail slaps and spyhops! The A30s were also in the area but further east in Johnstone Strait while the Biggs who had travelled east in Johnstone Strait from Weynton Passage earlier in the morning, they turned into  Blackney Passage and in through Blackfish Sound.

Our viewing of Humpback Whales and their behaviour was also fascinating to watch today, especially of their lunge feeding activity. There were six whales, amongst them were Stripe and Freckles. Humpback Whales are extremely photogenic and never disappoint!

A Bald Eagle swimming in the water with a codfish also caught our attention, there was so much going on and to look at in all directions, it was an amazing time that we all shared!

Photo credits: Muriel Halle. All photo’s have been cropped and taken with a telephoto lens.

A beautiful viewing of Resident Orcas: A30s, I11s, I15s and Humpback Whales!

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Today’s Sightings: Northern Resident Orcas, Humpback Whales, Dall’s Porpoises, Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Rhinoceros and Cassin’s Auklets, Red-Necked Phalaropes, Common Murres, Bald Eagles, Sooty Shearwaters and Gulls.

How good it was to see orcas today and there were many to see! I11s,115s, A30s and possibly more, including G2s. At the time of our viewing they were all spread out over a wide area and travelled west in George Passage, passing the Foster Islands and angling over towards Lizard Point before turning back to the east. We enjoyed very good viewing of I4 with her son I76 and I12 with her offspring I47,I78,I138 and probably I105 ( but not identified because of the wide spread). While observing the orcas we also listened to their beautiful A & G-Clan vocalizations.

Our Humpback Whale encounters were very exciting, we saw eight whales including Freckles who was foraging back and forth nearby. Breaching and lunge feeding activity we also saw at a distance.

How incredible was our day, the scenic beauty and changing colours in our surroundings were made even more beautiful in the aftermath of the falling rain.

Photo credits: Muriel Halle. All photos have been taken with a telephoto lens and have been cropped.

An amazing day it turned out to be ~ Orcas, Humpback Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises!

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Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales, Biggs (Transient) Orcas, Dall’s Porpoises, Harbour Seals, Harbour Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Rhinoceros and Cassin’s Auklets, Red-Necked Phalaropes, Common Murres, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfishers, a Great Blue Heron and Gull species.

It was a stunningly beautiful fall day to be out on the water. On our morning tour there was so much Cetacean activity in our surroundings! We saw six Humpback Whales, four of them were feeding together near Donegal Head. A large number 200+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins were in amongst them feeding intensely and it was an incredible experience for our passengers to see all of the action that they did, it was phenomenal!

Our afternoon tour was just as exciting as there was a report of Biggs (Transient) Orcas near Boat Bay travelling west. We encountered the Orcas at the Sophia Islets and enjoyed viewing them as they made their way in Johnstone Strait and out through Weynton Passage. We observed as they made their way directly to the Steller Sea Lions hauled out but they did not attack any and carried on into Blackfish Sound. We also watched two Humpback Whales, one of which was Squiggles.

What an amazing day it turned out to be!

Photo Credits: Muriel Halle. All photo’s have been cropped and taken with a telephoto lens.

Biggs (Transient) Orca photo’s credited to Andrew Jennings.

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Exceptional viewing of Orcas ~ the A30s and A42s!

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Today’s Sightings: Northern Resident Orcas, Humpback Whales, Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions hauled out and swimming! Rhinoceros and Cassin’s Auklets, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfishers, Common Murres and Gull species.

The beautiful weather continues and with it, sightings of Orcas! On the morning tour we enjoyed viewing the A42s as they slowly made their way east from Izumi Rock and watched while they entered into the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve. They were very social and there was a lot of interaction between the two Matriline groups, they were also extremely vocal and we all enjoyed listening to their A-Clan calls. Afterwards, four Humpback Whales including Freckles and Guardian were also observed.

Our afternoon tour was very exciting, the current was flooding and the orcas were foraging intensely in the tide-rip in Blackney Passage. The A30s and the A42s were feeding together and several breaches, tail and pectoral fin slapping was observed. It was exhilarating to watch all of their energetic activity and listening to their A-Clan vocalizations while they foraged was fantastic! Seven Humpback Whales were also observed on this tour with several of them fluking. It is always a beautiful sight to see as well as bait balls with gulls feeding++, another great sign to see in our waters!

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Photo Credits: Muriel Halle and Seasmoke Whale Watching. All photos are taken with a telephoto lens and have been cropped.

A42s in the sunshine!

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Today’s Sightings: Northern Resident Orcas, Humpback Whales, Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros and Cassin’s Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfishers, Pigeon Guillemots and Gull species.

We spent another glorious afternoon in the company of sunshine and the A42s. The Matriline were spread out and foraging near Blinkhorn and we were able to listen to their beautiful A-Clan calls via our hydrophone as they foraged. We observed when they formed a resting line and began crossing Johnstone Strait heading in the direction of Cracroft Point, it was a wonderful sight to see!

Our time viewing Humpback Whales was fabulous, there were four that we observed, all were feeding together near Donegal Head and they included: Guardian, Freckles and Towers. It was an incredibly beautiful day with calm seas and sunshine galore!

Photo Credits: Muriel Halle. All photos are taken with a telephoto lens and have been cropped.