A pod of orcas were seen in Nicholas Passage. They were in the middle of the channel swimming north. They appeared to enter the east channel of the Tongass Narrows. The pictures are grainy due to distance.
The two males that were photographed (they were closest to shore) were positively identified as A71 and I45. A71 belongs to the A24s and I45 belongs to the I33s. So it appears that at least two pods of resident orcas were observed. I photographed the A24s and A71 back on February 22, 2016. Thanks to Northern Resident Orca Population for identifying these whales for me.
Several hours later, a humpback was seen near mountain point. It appeared to be crossing the channel from Ketchikan to Annette Island. It appeared to be swimming right towards a cruise ship that was passing through the area. With the tourist season in full swing, the amount of boats on the water has significantly increased. It is difficult to watch the whales coming so close to boats and ships.