Mother Nature provided us with another day of exceptional weather. An overcast morning and a bit cold, the clouds cleared and the sun broke through just an hour or so prior to our departure from Telegraph Cove. The combination of sun and wind made for gorgeous conditions, especially as we traveled through Blackney Pass. With tidal currents in this area, guests were privilege to a brilliant blue colour as the Lukwa drifted through.
Characteristic for this time of year the Humpback Whales we encountered went down for long dives, feeding at depth. Feeding is typically the focus for these whales at this time of year, having just returned from their long migratory route to either Mexico or Hawaii. Of the 3 humpbacks in Blackney Pass on board naturalist, was only able to ID locally known Ripple. Confirmed by MERS research and named for the rippled features on her tail. Contrasting these long dive patterns was Ojos Blancos (White Eyes in Spanish), surfacing and fluking often. He/She took shorter dives, lasting around five minutes, which made for excellent viewing.
Never disappointing, the Steller Sea Lions, all sunny and warm were resting on the rocks. With some mature individuals lounging, it was the juveniles who stole the guest’s attention today. Grouped together in the same spot and resting their heads on one another’s bodies in a pattern humans would relate or refer to as cuddling. They were difficult to turn away from.
Another excellent day on the water with guests from across the globe and the beauty of mother nature. So far the 2016 season is off to a very positive start and everyday the excitement grows.
Humpback Whales: Ojos Blancos and Ripple
Other Wildlife Included
-Steller Sea Lions, 2 unknown Humpback Whales.
Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West