Humpback whales ~ new calf with fabulous viewing

mother and calf

Shortly after leaving the dock this morning a minke whale was sighted briefly, it was making its way in the direction of Alert Bay while small groups of dall’s porpoises were also seen feeding nearby. As we headed  east the A5’s were reported inside the Robson Bight

Humpback whale Slash: no dorsal fin and other injuries to body

Humpback whale Slash: no dorsal fin and other injuries to body

Ecological Reserve foraging, they  passed outside of the Reserve briefly going as far as Izumi Rock and then headed back inside the Reserve continuing to forage. The A36’s were meanwhile reported foraging off Malcolm Point. We travelled into Blackfish Sound sighting two humpback whales en route, one off Bold Head and the other off Flower Island. It was near Parsons Light where we encountered a third humpback feeding in the flooding current. Making our way back up the Sound we saw two more whales,

new calf

new calf

new calf

new calf

possibly the ones that we had seen earlier from a distance and near Stubbs Island, Slash and calf were seen as well as a third whale being present alongside of the calf as seen in our photo’s, a nice surprise! The viewing of these whales when they surfaced near the bow of the boat was extremely exciting to see. Other species also seen: rhinoceros auklets++, harbour seals, black oyster catchers, red-necked phalaropes, herring and glaucous-winged gulls.

Brilliant day of whale watching

humpback calf

humpback calf

At the beginning of our tour the A5’s (A23’s/A25’s) who had been foraging in the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve around 6.30 a.m. this morning had since headed east and could not be seen by Marie up on the Cliff opposite to the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. It was at Blakney Passage with still no reports of the A5’s being sighted to the east that we turned into the Passage at Little

Common Murre

Common Murre

Hanson Island and then into Blackfish Sound. The day had begun as a cool one with low cloud and mist forming into a fog bank lying low over the water in the middle of Blackfish Sound but as we made our way up to the top end of the Sound, the sky was clear and the sun warm and inviting! Prior to reaching the top end there were several humpback whales reported to be feeding in the area some of whom were taking long dives. We enjoyed viewing a mother and her calf initially and then further over two other whales, both of whom were taking long dives, one was very active and could be seen

eagles, gulls and  rhinoceros auklets feeding on a herring ball

eagles, gulls and rhinoceros auklets feeding on a herring ball

moving quickly through the water where gulls and auklets were also feeding intently. Up near Stubbs Island another humpback whale that was sighted in the distance making its way out into the Queen Charlotte Strait against the flooding current suddenly surfaced behind us. It was exciting when again it surprised us surfacing near the bow of the boat where the viewing was superb! Other species also seen today were: dall’s porpoises, harbour seals, bald eagles in a nest and fishing low over a herring ball, rhinoceros auklets+++ common murres, herring and glaucous-winged gulls and two great blue herons. On our way home, shortly after departing from Alder Bay a minke whale was sighted nearby much to the delight of those remaining passengers on board; it was a fabulous ending to the day.