Monday, July 29
Telegraph Cove was socked in with fog this morning so we waited until the sky looked brighter before venturing out onto Johnstone Strait to do some sight seeing with Geoff. By the time we got into Weynton Passage the visibility was good and the Dall’s had arrived. They played around Snug for quite awhile, and even followed us when we spun around to watch a humpback between Stubbs Island and the Plumper group. Just then a Steller’s sea lion surfaced with something in its mouth. We’d heard there were orca along the Swanson Island shore, so we headed that way, but stopped when another humpback surfaced close by. Ron turned off the engine and pulled out a headsail and we drifted down Blackfish in the company of some of the commercial whale watch boats. A group of maybe eight orca were moving slowly, tight together in resting line, and angling across Blackfish to the Hanson Island shore. We spent a lovely couple of hours just keeping pace with the whales and enjoying being there. Eventually we fired up and went over to Flower Island and Freshwater Bay to show Geoff the kayak camp possibilities there. Geoff wanted to be in Port McNeill to meet his group for dinner, so we dropped him off back at Telegraph around 5:30. We had a really nice day — what we would consider a classic Blackfish Sound summer day!