Today was what our captains refer to as “whale soup”- whales were literally everywhere we looked! This morning we had the incredible luck to see upwards of 60 killer whales spread out across Weynton Pass and Blackfish Sound from Donegal Head all the way down to Cracroft Point. With the help of the researchers at OrcaLab, we know that multiple matrilines were present- from what is referred to as the A clan, we saw the A34s, A46, A24s, A3s, A25s, and A30s, and from the R clan we saw the R17s and R5s. These “clans” refer to the acoustic clans that separate the northern resident killer whales by sound; we know that these whales use sound to determine compatibility for mating. Some of these whales were very active, with lots of tail slaps and some spyhops, but with so many whales so spread out it was hard to see what was going on! We also were able to use our underwater hydrophone to pick up on some fantastic vocalizations from these whales- even to the human ear the differences between the acoustic clans are quite apparent. This afternoon we saw some of the same orcas, but in a different location; we found the A30s, A23s and A25s off the Penfold Islets travelling slowly to the west in small groups. We watched these whales as they made their way to the west before they all abruptly turned around and headed back east. In addition to the fantastic sightings we had of killer whales today, we saw at least five individual humpbacks at various points throughout the day. We saw Slits on both our morning and afternoon sailings just off Weynton Island, as well as KC off Stubbs Island. This morning we saw Stripe and one unknown whale travelling down Blackfish Sound; we also believe we saw Argonaut travelling through an area called the Blowhole on our afternoon. What luck we had today to see all that we did- we are so fortunate to be located in a part of the world home to so many wonderful creatures.
Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day
“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir
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