Warm wishes to you all ~ May good health, peace, beauty and happiness be yours throughout 2016 ~

Early Day's aboard SV Tuan

To all of you who have spent time onboard the SV Tuan in recent years or many years ago, we thank you  for joining us and hope that you enjoy these photo’s that were taken on one of our early tours, a long while ago!

Take good care of one another, your family and friends and may love light your way throughout 2016.

Love and gratitude for our planet earth ~ our oceans, rivers, lakes, forests, mountains and plains and every part of earth in between.

Love and respect for all who live upon and share our planet earth ~ from the tiny diatoms in the oceans to the giants who roam our lands and oceans and every species on earth in between.

Love and appreciation for the elements who make our living here on earth possible ~ air, fire, earth and water for without these elements in our world, none of us could survive.

Early days aboard SV Tuan.

Early days aboard
SV Tuan.

 

An amazing day observing the sights and sounds of the surrounding marine life ~ seeing orcas and humpback whales with brilliant viewing while sailing!

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Today was a day to enjoy the wind and some drops of rain! Not long into the trip, we spotted blows in the distance, it was the I35’s making their way from Weynton Passage across the top end of Johnstone Strait and as they  gracefully swam together, we sailed along with them as the SE winds today enabled us to do so. We soon encountered another pod, the I15s, as they were making their way through Weynton Passage in a resting line. Then came the humpback whales! We were  surrounded by amazing marine life that included stellar sea lions whose roaring growls were heard above the wind as they gathered together, hauled out on a rocky outcrop. As it turned out, the I35’s, circled around the Stephenson Islands before making their way back through Weynton Passage and into Johnstone Strait following after the I15’s and so while we were watching humpback whales off Weynton Island, we again were able to enjoy seeing orcas! On one side of our boat, we had the I35’s and on the other, humpback whales feeding on bait balls formed by diving birds and gulls. One of the humpbacks was trap feeding, allowing us to see its huge mouth gaping through the surface of the water as it fed on herring. We could not help but be amazed by the beautiful sights and sounds of these precious ‘inside waters’ of our BC coast!

Also seen: Dall’s Porpoises, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Harbour Seals, Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles and Gull species.

Today’s penned comments: “It was wonderful, we are so happy to view the orcas and humpback whales. Thank you.” The Pirates from Trum were here! Switzerland, Peter, Raji, Franz, Berli, Wadi & Esther

“Our second trip in 2 days and again breathtaking. Again a wonderful trip. We saw orcas, sea lions and even humpbacks  feeding. We really love how you care about nature and never come too close or chase the animals. We feel how you love nature. We appreciate very much the effort to make vegan muffins & scones. We will come back!” Annelies, Pieter & Willem, Belgium

“This was AWESOME – loved “Devonshire Pass”, Thank you!” R & G and Roxy

What else could one want ? Besides Orcas, Humpback Whales and Bald Eagles!

Starting off the morning with calm waters and beautiful sunshine may have foreshadowed the amazing trip we were about to experience. Heading toward Johnstone Strait, we were able to spot a few Dall’s Porpoises swimming along before our encounter of Orcas. On both sides of Johnstone Strait, Orcas were heading west, allowing us to have a spectacular view of them as they swam past; we were also able to hear their amazing vocalizations and echo locations via our hydrophone. We continued east as the Orcas turned in the same direction. We watched as three orcas made their way, synchronized, surfacing and diving in unison across Johnstone Strait to meet up with their matriline, their dorsal fins glistened in the sunlight as they surfaced and it was absolutely beautiful watching their movement! While the spread of orcas was wide across the Strait, we believe that among the orcas that we were with this morning were the: I15’s, G27’s as well as the A23’s and A25’s and our viewing of them was wonderful! Leaving the Orcas, we made our way over to Cracroft Point and observed two Humpback Whales feeding and swimming in Blackney Passage. In Blackfish Sound, a cluster of Steller’s Sea Lions swam along Hanson Island and in the distance, two other humpback whales were seen near Parsons Light. Spotting a bait ball forming as gulls swarmed above the water, moments later, a Humpback Whale lunged through the birds to feed on the herring! How fabulous is this world in which we live! The trip ended with a beautiful tour of the Plumper and Pearse Islands.

Also seen: Harbour seals, Black Oystercatchers, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, a Great Blue Heron and Bald Eagles.

Today’s penned comments: “Once again it was such an amazing experience to be with you on this tour.We are so grateful for all the intensive moments we have had on board. Thank you so much!”     Chris and Ale from Switzerland

“Thank you very much for the awesome time. It was a great experience in nature. Also, thank you very much for the hospitality on board with the stunning food. We really enjoyed the tour. ”                          Jens & Ursula, Germany

“What a delight to spend the day with my pre-teen sons sharing my love of the ocean with them. Thank you! ” Heather, Alex & Dominic, Kelowna, BC

“Great day with friendly people. Sun, orcas, humpbacks, muffins, eagles, scones ~ there’s nothing else to expect! ” Jana & Bjorn, Germany

“Great trip~ loads of orcas, humpbacks and eagles. What else could one want!?!?” Jan, Seattle, WA

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A day of breathtaking beauty, of Orcas and of feasting Humpback Whales!

What a beautiful day it was to be touring out on the water where the clearing fog revealed some spectacular sights of natural beauty and the magnificence of the marine mammals and seabirds who inhabit this area in the summer months. What a joy it was to see orcas breaking through the fog in Johnstone Strait this morning! They were the Resident Orcas, C10’s who arrived into the area yesterday and who were still around today, the viewing of them was superb! We heard their beautiful vocalizations as they foraged nearby via the hydrophone and they were absolutely stunning to listen to. The two humpback whales were equally as wonderful to watch along with all of the rhinoceros auklets, the common murres and gull species, all gathered to feast on the herring that swam beneath the waters. The feasting was mesmerizing and the energy was explosive as the birds and whales fed alongside. Touring through the islands, vivid in colour today, forests both above and below the water, sparkled in the sunlight! Also seen today: dall’s porpoise, harbour seals, red-necked phalaropes, and bald eagles.

Today’s penned comments: ” A really great and exciting tour! We saw the orcas and humpback whales and eagles and porpoise and enjoyed the muffins and scones very much. Thank you!” Sigi & Matthias, Germany.

“It was really a beautiful tour around the islands. We have seen a lot of porpoise, orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, eagles and seals. The children are very happy! Thank you!” Family Pasquet, France

“Thanks for a great trip! We will remember it for our whole life.” Sinja & Ugie, Japan

‘Thank you for the great trip. Loved the orca’s (and scones). Maartje & Jeroen, The Netherlands

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Sailing with the A30’s in Johnstone Strait while listening to their A-Clan calls ~ What a treat!

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There are minimal words sometimes to describe the beauty we see. Today we braved strong tidal currents and high winds. We caught sight of a big black dorsal fin thanks to our fellow whale watchers and from then on, had a fantastic visit with the family of resident orcas known as the A30’s. There is one large male in this family (A38)  and he was the first orca that we were able to find amongst the whitecaps in Blackfish Sound. The A30’s were all spread out across the Sound and then came together to pass through a narrow passage in the Plumper Islands, it was beautiful watching them doing so. The smaller members of the group were spy hopping and rolling around quite playfully before, during and after passing through the Passage.

A blow in the distance caught our eyes and we had a brief visit with a humpback whale, it was very lovely and lucky to have these two species in the same area today! There were a few dall’s porpoises we could make out in the whitecaps and some harbour seals hauled out on the rocks as well. With bald eagles flying overhead, we returned to catch up with the orcas again and had the opportunity to cut the motor and sail with them. With our hydrophone trailing behind us while we sailed, we were able to listen to some very loud and clear A-Clan calls as they swam into Johnstone Strait and oh what a treat! The smiles on our faces stayed glued as we made our way out of the wind and through the little islands en route for home.

Today’s penned comments:
“While I’m writing this down I’m having a hot cup of tea and delicious scones. We were lucky enough today to see orca’s and a humpback whale. It is a very nice trip with lots to be seen. Ive enjoyed it very much. Thanks!”                                Thea and Henk from Holland.

“A splendid day on the sea. We had a lot of fun. Thanks.”
Martin & Jo, Germany

“Although we are from Vancouver, this place and this tour were magical. Listening to the orca’s we were watching through the boat’s underwater mic was a highlight.”
Brian & Linda, BC

Northern Resident Orca Update ~ A30’s matriline ~ since their arrival back!

It was on the afternoon of July 15th that some Northern Resident Orcas had been sighted in the far west but it was the A30 matriline that finally made their way as far as Bere Point on Malcolm Island around 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. No other groups made it down to Bere Point and have likely headed back out of the area. The A30’s took their time and were off  Orcalab around 9:45 p.m. that evening. Having stalled at Cracroft Point for quite some time, they carried on into Johnstone Strait and were at the rubbing beaches in the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve by 1.00 a.m. on July 16th (yesterday early a.m.) and then continued to travel on further east in Johnstone Strait. Yesterday in the afternoon they were reported returning back from the east and headed back into the rubbing beaches at the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve at around 3.00 p.m..

This morning they were reported by Orcalab as heading back into Blackfish Sound on the fast ebbing current from Cracroft Point and currently, S.V. Tuan with her passengers and crew are sailing with them!

A beautiful new day has begun in the Bay after yesterday’s rainfall….

S.V. Tuan approaching the Government Dock in Alert Bay this morning.

S.V. Tuan approaching the Government Dock in Alert Bay this morning.

Alert Bay early this morning.

Alert Bay early 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.