I am feeling very lucky today as we got to see humpbacks and orcas. The day started with a brief sighting of two humpbacks right off of our deck. I saw their backs right before they went back under the water. We watched for approximately 15 minutes, but we never saw them surface again.
Later in the afternoon, I looked out the window and saw a pod of orcas in Nichols Passage slowly swimming north towards town. I last saw them near the east channel of the Tongass Narrows. We were able to get a few photos from our deck. Approximately two hours later, I spotted them very close to Annette Island right outside of Annette Bay. They were moving south towards Mountain Point, so from the bike path we followed them to Mountain Point. They stayed close to Annette Island and the weather was awful, so getting pictures was difficult. We did, however, manage to get a few. These orcas have been identified as the A30s. They are resident (fish eaters) orcas. Two individuals were identified. Many thanks to Northern Resident Orca Population (see their Facebook page under the "Links" tab) for identifying these whales.
As we were watching the orcas, a humpback surfaced approximately 200 yards behind them. If they all would have surfaced at the same time, we probably could have gotten them in one picture. It was an awesome day for whale watching!