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

The joy of sailing with whales!

IMG_3119 IMG_3120 IMG_3168 IMG_3154 IMG_3153 IMG_3187What a beautiful day it was and with a brisk North West wind blowing, it made sailing possible and we enjoyed our time immensely whilst tacking back and forth in Blackney Passage with two humpback whales, Ripple and Guardian. Earlier on in the tour on our way east in Blackfish Sound we had caught sight of another humpback whale and believe that this might have been White Eyes who was heading west at the time and who was later reported being in Weynton Passage and we passed this whale headed back east in Johnstone Strait on our way back home in the Strait. We will never know for sure but the possibility is great that it was one and the same humpback whale circuiting around Hanson and Plumper Islands! Our time in Blackney Passage was wonderful with the two whales coming together at one point and where numerous rhinoceros auklets and some common murres had gathered, the current was flooding and the NW wind began gathering momentum as we tacked back and forth and when one of the humpbacks surprised us surfacing nearby, it was a thrill for everyone onboard! Also seen: stellar sea lions, dalls porpoises, harbour seals, bald eagles and gull species.

Today’s penned comments:

Absolutely fantastic! I have seen whales, dolphins and porpoises before but never intimately. And thank you Maureen and Dave for such a great and informative tour! Would do this a second time for sure. Oh wait, I just did! ~ Dave, Vancouver

Maureen and Dave ~ You guys are the best! Seasmoke was my first whale watching experience and I had a wonderful time as your guest on the day out. The wisdom of Maureen was fascinating. Thank you for everything.  ~ Shannon, NSW, Australia
What a great day! Eagles, whales, porpoises, muffins, scones and cups of tea. It just got better and better! Thanks heaps. ~ Jacinta, Victoia, Australia
Thank you for a fantastic tour. I learnt heaps and got an experience that I’ll remember for ever. Very fashionable water-wear too!  ~ Victoria, Australia
Thank you for such a spectacular day on the water. It was an amazing adventure! ~ Steve & Kim, Delta, BC

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