We set out into Johnstone Straight with high hopes that we might see Orca. The captain seemed pretty confident, but fog was making us slightly nervous. Fifteen minutes later, there they were!! Not just one or two but lots of them, as two families had come together to socialise and were all jumbled together. The huge dorsal fins of the males towered over the rest and they even came under the boat – but even more wonderful we lowered a hydrophone into the water and could hear them making their strange and eerie noises as we watched!
After spending our time with them, we moved on to enjoy Humpback Whales feeding and diving nearby, Steller Sea Lions, a big group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Dall’s Porpoises and some great birds. Later, back on shore, we watched a big Black Bear turning over rocks… an incredible day.
On other days we saw delightful Sea Otters and went across to the mainland through stunning scenery to see Grizzly Bears fishing in the river – incredibly close and all from the safety of viewing platforms. We enjoyed astonishing views of two Humpback Whales competing to see who could make the biggest splash with their tails and went out into beautiful Clayoquot Sound where we found at least five Gray Whales.
Add to all this a wealth of exciting birds such as Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owl, Black Oystercatcher, Harlequin Duck, Pacific Loon, Surfbird and lots more and once again this was a truly wonderful trip.