Today’s Sightings: Transient (Biggs) Killer Whales (T065’s), Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Ripple, Ridge, and Conger), Dall’s Porpoises, Harbour Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, and Gulls.
Today was a day for acrobatic and surface active whales. To start the day we saw Conger the Humpback Whale not only take several breaches out of the water, but also spend a fair amount of time slapping the surface with his/her massive pectoral fins. Argonaut and Ripple the Humpback Whales were also spotted in the area.
In the afternoon, we got word of a group of
Transient (Bigg’s) Killer Whales (T065’s). We were in awe as one of these individuals chased a Dall’s Porpoise, breaching right out of the water several times! The porpoise got away this time, as we could see by the rooster tails of this smaller animal disappearing in the distance.
Other highlights from the day included seeing dozens of Steller Sea Lions at a common haul-out near Fife Sound and at least 10 both immature and mature Bald Eagles fishing for herring at a bait ball.
Overall in was a truly amazing day in Johnstone Straight, with many spectacular sights and biodiversity. Want to see this for yourself? Book a trip online or in store today!
Photo credit: Ashley Nielsen, Alison Ogilvie, Johanna Ferrie and Jennie Leaver. All photos property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching and were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.