It was a whale filled day today. All sightings were from the shore. The first sighting occurred near Mountain Point. While beach combing I was startled by the sound of a whale surfacing. I was quite surprised to see two humpbacks very close to shore. They were swimming south.
Several hours later and from our deck, a pod of orcas were observed in Nichols Passage. They appeared to be swimming north towards town. Unfortunately my 300mm lens was not quite enough to capture quality photos. Nevertheless, they have been identified as the A42s. They are resident (fish eaters) orcas. Many thanks to Northern Resident Orca Population (see their Facebook page under the "Links" tab) for identifying these whales.
At some point during the day I also observed a humpback in Nicholas Passage repeatedly tail slapping. I did not take any photos, as the whale was very far away.
The last sighting was from Rotary Beach. There were two, maybe three humpbacks feeding very close to shore. They appeared to be swimming north towards town. I was able to identify one of the whales as #2563. The same whale that was seen feeding near the docks in Knudson Cove Marina. It was neat being able to identify him/her and know the he/she is still in the area.