Friday, October 3rd – MV Lukwa

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

We’ve had a change in the weather, that’s for sure! It’s been fairly mild though, and a little wind with some light showers definitely did not dampen the spirits of our guests today.

Everyone was able to witness some incredible displays of humpback whales feeding, with one lunge feed after another! The bait balls were large, and the feeding was fast and furious. At times we even had 2 humpback whales lunge feeding right next to each other. 8 different humpbacks were viewed today, which allowed everyone on board a great look at these magnificent baleen whales.

Over 300 Steller sea lions were viewed in the area this afternoon! With some hauled out on the rocks while others swam in the nearby kelp beds. A group of 40 harbour seals were also sighted, with their behavior much the same as the sea lions.

Our birders weren’t disappointed either! We had sightings of over 100 common murres, 8 bald eagles, 50 northern phalaropes, 2 belted kingfishers and 8 pelagic cormorants!

So far October’s sightings have been great, and we can’t wait to see what our last tour of the season has in store for us tomorrow!

 

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day:

‘We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.’

 

Next Available Tour:

Saturday, October 4th – 1:00pm – Our last tour of the 2014 season!

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Thursday, October 2nd – MV Lukwa

Photo credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

Photo credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

Photo credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

Photo credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

Photo credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie (Telephoto & Cropped)

It was a little grey and blustery as we left Telegraph Cove today, but once we made it across the straights, we found calm waters in Blackfish sound.

We quickly came across a very large bait ball and were able to watch  for 25 minutes as ‘Humpless’ circled and lunge fed. ‘Humpless’ was then joined by ‘Guardian’, who lunge fed straight up and high out of the water, as only ‘Guardian’ does. ‘Argonaut’ also managed to grab a quick meal before all of the food was gone! Lunge feeding humpback whales are truly a sight to behold, and everyone on board was quite delighted!

As we continued our journey towards Bold Head we encountered ‘Moonstar’ who was pec slapping. This massive whale then did a full breach right out of the water, and head lobbed, before moving in closer to the shoreline. After ‘Moonstar’ moved in closer to the shore he/she continued pec slapping and trumpeting.

There were humpback blows everywhere you looked, and we found ‘Domino’ just north of Stubbs Island. Then ‘Cutter’, and an unidentified whale with a white tail (not in our humpback catalog), did 3 double lunge feeds.

As we carried on we were able to have a good look at 30+ harbour seals as they were hauled out on some rocks. After the seals we then watched 40+ Steller sea lions who were also hauled out on the rocks, as well as swimming along the shore. On our way through Boat Pass we had a great look at a mating pair of bald eagles who were sitting on a low branch. Also sighted in Boat Pass were river otters on the rocks feasting on a strip of salmon.

30 rhinoceros auklets, 100′s of common murres, 6 bald eagles, 100′s of Northern phalaropes, 5 belted kingfishers, 10 harlequin ducks and 30 pelagic cormorants kept our birders happy!

We’re getting close to the end of our season, but the wildlife sightings continue to be amazing!

 

Captain Wayne’s Quote of The Day: ‘Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back.’

 

Next Available Tours:

Friday, October 3rd @ 1:00pm

Saturday, October 4th @ 1:00pm

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Wednesday, October 1st 2014 – MV Lukwa

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

What a beautiful day to start October off with! We had perfectly calm waters, and slightly overcast skies, before the warm sunshine came through. The sunshine gave everyone the perfect lighting to capture the tours best moments!

We were treated to some fantastic humpback whale activity, with sightings of bubble netting, lunge feeding, and scoop feeding through large bait balls. The humpback whales that we were able to identify this trip included “Argonaut” as he lunged through the large bait balls several times, “Corporal”, “Jigger” who was bubble netting constantly, “Ridge”, “Ripple” and her calf “Lorax”. As we watched these humpback whales go through the bait balls we were able to observe some great bird activity too! The marine birds were hovering above and then diving into the bait ball in search of the small fish. Chum salmon were also seen swimming up to the surface of the bait ball as well. It’s always so incredible to think about how rich our ecosystem really is, with the abundance of wildlife that we are so lucky to have around us.

Throughout the trip we also found 80-100 Steller sea lions basking in the afternoon sun and 40-50 harbour seals. There was a ton of bird activity today, including: rhinoceros auklets, common murres, bald eagles, northern phalaropes, belted kingfishers, pelagic cormorants, cassins auklets, great blue herons and Leach’s storm petrels.

Another great day out on the water making it even harder to count down to our last trip of the season!

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day:
“How long have you been working here? Ever since they threatened to fire me! ”- Joke

Next Available Tour:
Thursday, October 2nd @ 1:00pm
Friday, October 3rd @ 1:00pm
Saturday, October 4th @ 1:00pm

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Tuesday, September 30th 2014 – MV Lukwa

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Yesterday afternoon turned out to be absolutely wonderful! Just before we departed at 1:00pm, the skies cleared up, and that beautiful sun came out to defrost us!

Right away we sighted 6 humpback whales that were identified as “Domino”, “Argonaut”, “Frosty”, “Ripple” and “Lorax” by our on board biologist Alison. Everyone on board managed to get that picture perfect tail fluke shot as these amazing marine mammals took long deep dives! All of a sudden “Frosty” and “Ripple” started lunge feeding through large bait balls. As we continued to watch these humpbacks feed, a report came over the VHF radio of the elusive transient’s (Bigg’s killer Whales), so off the MV Lukwa headed in search of these orcas.

We caught up with 6 T36’s who were grouped up and heading south, taking long dives almost as if they were getting ready to begin hunting. We traveled with them for as long as we could before having to head back to Telegraph Cove.

Today we didn’t just thrill all the whale watchers on board with sightings of 2 different whales, but also the bird watchers who were just as thrilled with sightings of rhinoceros auklets, common murres, bald eagles, northern phalaropes and pelagic cormorants.

Another absolutely spectacular afternoon with orcas, and awesome humpback whale activity with huge lunge feeds!!

 

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day:

“Fun is like life insurance, the older you get the more it costs”- Kin Hubbard

 

 

Next Available Tour:

Wednesday, October 1st @ 1:00pm

Thursday, October 2nd @ 1:00pm

Friday, October 3rd @ 1:00pm

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Monday, September 29th 2014 – MV Lukwa

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

As we headed out this afternoon the conditions were to die for! The emerald green Pacific Ocean waters were like a sheet of glass, and to top it off we had the perfect amount of afternoon sunshine! But of course, rain happens here in Telegraph Cove, so down came a torrential pour! Captain Wayne made sure to remind everyone of just how badly we need the rain for the rivers to get flowing, so that the salmon are able to climb to the top to spawn.

What an afternoon it was for wildlife sightings! Talk about some great humpback whale action, with a total of 7 whales that our on board biologist Alison identified as “Argonaut”, “Ripple”, “Lorax”, “Freckles” and “Domino”. “Lorax” breached completely out of the water, not once, but twice! Then “Domino” did about 4 tail lobs, splashing water up and down. Such exciting humpback whale activity!

Shortly after watching the humpback whales we found a small group of Pacific white-sided dolphins, who decided to tag along and began to bow and wake ride with the MV Lukwa. These dolphins had tons of energy, jumping in and out of the glass like water.

Just before heading back to Telegraph Cove we stopped to take a look at the large Steller sea lion population that has taken over the area! These sea lions were hauled out on the rocks enjoying the sun and the smooth tides coming in.

For all the birdwatchers on board today we spotted rhinoceros auklets, common murres, bald eagles, Northern phalaropes, belted kingfishers, pelagic cormorants, and last but not least, cassin auklets.

 

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day:

“You cannot create experience you must undergo it”- Albert Camus

 

Next Available Tour:

Tuesday, September 30th @ 1:00pm

Wednesday, October 1st @ 1:00pm

Thursday, October 2nd @ 1:00pm

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Sunday, September 28th 2014 – MV Lukwa

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

A great afternoon today with calm seas and warm sunny weather, it was absolutely beautiful! The trip started off with 20-30 Pacific white sided dolphins wake and bow riding! It was total excitement for everyone on board as these amazingly fast marine mammals jumped in and out of the water while surfing our wake.

Shortly after we saw an upwards of a 100+ Steller Sea lions everywhere that we looked, with some swimming in the tides and some hauled out on the rocks. Guests got to experience ‘one of the coolest things out there’ as our naturalist Sophia Merritt put it, with a very large Steller sea lion trying to eat a very meaty salmon. After a few tries, the sea lion managed to get the salmon down, only to chuck it back out! What a photo for guests to show their families back home!

As the excitement continued to escalate we spotted 11 humpback whales that were identified as “Moonstar”, “Ridge”, “Guardian”, “Frosty”, “Domino”, “Slash” aka Humpless, “Freckles”, “Ripple” and calf “Lorax” , “Inukshuk” and one other that unfortunately could not be identified by Sophia.

Throughout the afternoon we managed to get a great taste of how rich the pacific flyway is, with sightings of rhinoceros auklets, common murres, Northern phalaropes, belted kingfishers and pelagic cormorants.

 

 

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day:

“Do not look where you fell, But where you slipped”- West African Saying

 

 

Next Available Tour:

Monday, September 29th @ 1:00pm

Tuesday, September 30th @ 1:00pm

Wednesday, October 1st @ 1:00pm

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Saturday, September 27th – MV Lukwa

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Well what a beautiful afternoon! The water was as calm as can be in Blackfish sound, and we were able to spot 10 humpback whales through out the duration of the trip.

These humpback whales were identified by our on board naturalist Sophia Merritt as “Moonstar” (who did 20+ tail slaps that splashed water everywhere), “Domino”, “Slash” (aka Humpless), “Freckles”, “Inukshuk”, “Argonaut” and “Cutter”. Towards the end of the trip we also had some short trap feeding from one of the humpback whales, which was so exciting to see!

As we headed back to Telegraph Cove we stopped to view 30+ Steller sea lions hauled out on the rocks, 20+ harbour seals doing the same thing, and tons of bird activity. We saw rhinoceros auklets, common murres, bald eagles, 100’s of northern phalaropes and 2 belted kingfishers!

All in all a wonderful day here in Telegraph Cove.

 

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day:

“Nothing is less important than which fork to use”- Emily Post

 

Next Available Tour:

Sunday, September 28th @ 1:00pm

Monday, September 29th @ 1:00pm

Tuesday, September 30th @ 1:00pm

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Friday, September 26th 2014 – MV Lukwa

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit - Sophia Merritt

On this morning’s 9:00am departure we had a little bit of some SE winds blowing through the straits but that didn’t stop us from finding some great humpback whale activity. These whales were taking long dives which made them appear to be looking over a large area for a morning feast! Our morning’s onboard biologist Alison Ogilvie identified these humpback whales as “Argonaut”, “Yahtzee”, “Ripple”, “Lorax”, “Conger” and “Domino”. Throughout the morning trip we also spotted 60+ Steller sea lions, 20+ Harbour Seals, and many marine birds! On the afternoon trip we had a small mix of wind with rain showers but that didn’t put a damper on any ones trip since we had nonstop bird and whale action! These humpback whales were lunge feeding into bait balls one after another giving everyone on board a great photo op and if guests didn’t manage to get a lunge feed there were even more opportunities for some great tail fluke shots! As we headed back to Telegraph Cove we stopped to view 60+ Steller sea lions hauled out on the rocks as well as 10+ harbour seals! Today’s bird activity included Common murres, bald eagles, northern phalaropes, belted kingfishers, harlequin ducks, pelagic cormorants and fork tail storm petrel! Another great day off the coast of beautiful British Columbia!

 

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day:

“Don’t ever take a fence down till you know why it was put up”- Robert Frost

Next Available Tour:

Saturday, September 27th @ 1:00pm

Sunday, September 28th @ 1:00pm

Monday, September 28th @ 1:00pm

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Thursday, September 25th 2014- MV Lukwa

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie

Once again we awoke to some windy conditions here in Telegraph Cove but the sun was shining and we were going whale watching! The afternoon trip was absolutely spectacular complete with approximately 15 humpback whale sightings! We witnessed some great lunge feeding activity as well as many tail flukes that made for great photo opportunities! We were able to ID the

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie

whales as “Yahtzee“, “Slash“, (aka Humpless), “Freckles`, `Frosty`, `Conger`, `Ripple` and her calf `Lorax` (Captain Wayne needs to quit calling it `Borax`) `Guardian` and last but not least, `Argonaut`! And can you believe all this action was within a one mile radius! For those that follow our Daily Sightings Log we are seeing much of the same group indicating high feeding

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie

activity and high sight fidelity from these humpback whales, it’s really quite amazing!

After we were all dizzy from spinning around and around 360 degrees looking at humpback whales we continued on and spotted a small group of approximately eight Pacific white-sided dolphins that briefly targeted the

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie

humpbacks! We then came across the large group of approximately 60 Steller sea lions with some hauled out on the rocks while others were spotted in groups in the water amongst the bull kelp!  We also spotted a small group of approximately six harbour seals also hauled out on rocks! And for the bird lovers on board we spotted approximately six rhinoceros auklets,

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie

eight bald eagles, two belted kingfishers, thirty pelagic cormorants, six fork tail storm petrels, and hundreds of common murres! What a fantastic afternoon complete with sunshine and a rainbow!

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day:

“A teacher affects eternity, they can

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie

never tell where their influence stops”- Henry B. Adams

Next Available Tour:

Friday, September 26th @ 9:00am & 1:00pm

Saturday, September 27th @ 1:00pm

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie

Sunday, September 28th @ 1:00pm

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Wednesday, September 24th 2014- MV Lukwa

Photo Credit: Sophia Merritt

Once again the day started out with some wet and windy conditions, however the air was quite warm and mild. For whatever reason the wind and waves seemed to have made the humpback whales quite active today during our 1:00pm departure! We witnessed tail slaps, pectoral slaps, and whales moving very fast from one bait ball to another! Today we spotted a whopping twelve

Photo Credit: Sophia Merritt

humpback whales and we were able to identify eight of the twelve whales spotted as “Flash”, “Freckles”, “Conger”, “Frosty”, “Slash” (aka Humpless), “Ripple” and her calf now known as “Lorax” and “Yahtzee”! We witnessed lunge feed after lunge feed paired with a beautiful rainbow that formed in the distance by the quickly changing weather conditions! The beautiful sight

Photo Credit: Sophia Merritt

made for fantastic photo opportunities!

We continued along after the excitement of all the activity and came across the large group of over 90 Steller sea lions hauled out on the rocks while some were swimming in the water amongst the bull kelp! We also spotted about four harbour seals during our trip! And let’s not forget about the bird activity with

Photo Credit: Sophia Merritt

approximately six rhinoceros auklets, four bald eagles, two belted kingfishers, two pelagic cormorants, fifty northern phalaropes, and hundreds of common murres!

Meanwhile back at the office in Telegraph Cove we were huddled inside watching the weather go from sunny to rainy in a matter of seconds! What a

Photo Credit: Sophia Merritt

great afternoon filled with wonderful wildlife and wonderful guests from all over the world!

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day:

“If voting changed anything they’d make it illegal”

Photo Credit: Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit: Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit: Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit: Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit: Sophia Merritt

Photo Credit: Sophia Merritt

Next Available Tour:

Thursday, September 25th @ 1:00pm

Friday, September 26th @ 9:00am & 1:00pm

Saturday, September 27th @ 1:00pm

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