A bit of a frustrating sighting due to the water conditions, the behavior of the orcas, and the position of the sun. The pod was on the move and difficult to track. There appeared to be five whales in the pod including one calf.
We also saw two humpbacks, Dall's porpoise, and harbour porpoise. No photos.
We spotted a lone orca near Auke Bay. The encounter was a bit frustrating due to the water conditions, the elusive behavior of the orca, and the large number of whale watching boats jockeying for position. The orca has been identified as T087. This is the second time I have seen T087 (November 26, 2016, was the first time).
The humpback encounter was equally as frustrating with the water conditions and the whale watching boat traffic.
I did not get very good photos of this whale, but I believe it was whale number 1879, aka Sasha. This is the second time I have seen her. The first was on April 9, 2017.
I believe the orcas are from AG pod of the Alaska residents (fish eaters).
We spent several hours in our boat, and saw at least 10 humpbacks while we were out.
I made a quick stop at Amalga Harbor, and while I was there three humpbacks passed by. Two of them appeared to be traveling together (one long distance photo).
We spent a few hours in our boat looking for whales. We saw at least four near point retreat, including a mom and a calf. We saw two long distance breaches, one whale slapping its pectoral fins, and one whale logging at the surface.