A pod of orcas were observed from our deck. They were swimming north in Nicholas Passage. Two of the whales surfaced fairly close to shore.
Approximately one hour later, and from our boat, we watched the pod move south from Annette Island to the mouth of Carroll Inlet (where we were). The whales moved close to shore and appeared to be swimming up Carroll Inlet. We left the area and headed north, and eventually ended up near the Blank Islands.
Approximately one hour later, the whales again appeared in Nicholas Passage. They were swimming north when we first saw them, but then turned and started swimming south.
While driving home the whales were observed again. They were swimming south. They were very close to shore near mountain point. It seemed as though they swam in a very large circle over the course of several hours. Tail slapping, porpoising, and breaching were all observed. It was an amazing sighting.
Two pods of resident orcas have been identified; the I33s and G2s. Individual whales have been identified as well. Many thanks to Northern Resident Orca Population for identifying these whales for me.
One humpback was observed swimming very close to shore near mountain point. No pics.