One (perhaps two) humpbacks were observed near Vanderbilt Reef. The sighting was very brief, but it looked as though it was a mom and calf.
One (perhaps two) humpbacks were observed in the Gastineau Channel very near the float plane docks. I believe I saw two spouts, but the whales disappeared and I was unable to determine if there were actually two. Poor photo quality due to distance.
A small pod of Dall's porpoise were observed from shore near the Shrine of St. Therese.
A small pod of orcas were observed near Vanderbilt reef. Unfortunately the pod separated before we could get near them, and I was only able to photograph a juvenile male. He was difficult to track, as he was moving quickly, zigzagging, and porpoising out of the water. Suddenly he began slapping his tail and breaching. A flock of gulls appeared out of nowhere and began circling the area. I believe he made a kill.
We eventually made our way into north pass of Shelter Island and saw two humpbacks.
On two separate occasions throughout the day we saw pods of Dall's porpoise near Vanderbilt reef.
One humpback was observed in Lynn Canal slightly north of Berners Bay.
Two or three harbour porpoise were observed several times in Berners Bay on July 13 and 14, 2017. Photos are blurry due to extreme distance.
The day started with a very large humpback with a sea lion companion. Then we had a very close encounter with ten bubble feeding humpbacks in Chatham Strait near Mansfield Peninsula. We could hear one of the whales "calling." Finally, we spotted a pod of Dall's porpoise near Howard Bay and a pod of harbour porpoise inside Howard Bay in very shallow water. Yet another great day to be on the water.
I am still working on identifying the whales that I managed to get fluke photos of.