A beautiful morning where our senses peaked while listening for blows in the fog!

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Our sightings today: Humpback Whales, Dall’s Porpoises, a Stellar Sea Lion, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles and an Eaglet in the nest, Red-Necked Phalaropes, Belted Kingfishers and Gull Species.

We woke up to zero/zero visibility, it was a foggy morning!  Because there was a really low tide we could explore the intertidal zone (the area that is above water at low tide and under water at high tide). We saw sea cucumbers, star fish (sea stars) sea urchins, numerous barnacles, seaweeds including bull kelp forests and we had a good look at one sea cucumber that the children so enjoyed seeing! In a beautiful scenic passage we could hear the ‘screeching’ calls of bald eagles and even some calls from a varied thrush onshore.

Sitting in the fog we waited for the sound of a humpback whale blow and heard smaller softer blows, wondering if they might be porpoises approaching. Sure enough they were Dall’s Porpoises that we could see on the edge of the fog. Suddenly we could hear and then see the 10ft blow of a Humpback Whale that we identified as Guardian by her tail fluke and dorsal fin. She has been coming into our local waters each summer since 2011.

As we waited for another sighting we heard a different kind of blow, more of a ‘snorting’ sound. It was a Stellar Sea-lion that surfaced with a fish, thrashing it around and then in one gulp, the fish was swallowed. What a morning! It was a really special experience as we listened (by watching) with our ears!

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.