Humpback Whales in all Directions!

Thursday, June 21, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

The massive pectoral fin of Conger the Humpback Whale rises and slaps on the surface.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Inukshuk, Conger, Ripple and calf), Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Cassin’s Auklets, Harlequin Ducks, Common Murres, and Pigeon Guillemots.

How many Bald Eagles can fit on one island!

Although the day started off foggy that didn’t stop us from having great views! As we made our way around Stubbs Island Argonaut the Humpback Whale could be seen fluking, with Inukshuk the Humpback Whale also seen in the distance. As the morning progressed we could see some splashes in the distance. As we got closer to check it out we realized it was Conger the Humpback Whale slapping his/her pectoral fins against the surface of the water! Ripple the Humpback Whale and her calf were in the area as well, making there way down Blackfish Sound. At one point the calf even breached, creating a huge splash!

Count the pups! Lots of young Pacific Harbour Seals at this time of year.

The afternoon continued with great sightings and bright sunshine. Dozens of Bald Eagles lined some of the small islands and Pacific Harbour Seals soaked up sun on the seaweed-covered rocks beneath them. Dall’s Porpoises were visible in almost every direction we looked! And for the birders, we had a couple of great looks at Cassin’s Auklets and Pigeon Guillemots.

Cassin’s Auklets, right before diving down.

A Pacific Harbour Seal drifts by in the calm waters.

Guess the Whale? One of the most frequently seen Humpback Whales on our tours, Argonaut!

Photo credits: Ashley Nielsen and Johanna Ferrie. All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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Look at That Lunge!

Wednesday June 20, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Conger the Humpback Whale’s throat pleats expand as he/she takes in huge mouthful of fish and water.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Argonaut and Conger), Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Bald Eagles Great Blue Heron, and Rhinoceros Auklets.

The sun came out just in time for our afternoon trip today! We started by weaving our way around some small islands absolutely adorned with over 30 juvenile and mature Bald Eagles. We watched Dall’s Porpoises speed by the boat as Argonaut the Humpback Whale surfaced in front of our namesake, Stubbs Island. Conger the Humpback Whale was feeding on small fish (likely juvenile herring) in a lunge feeding frenzy! Also joining the feeding session were Pacific White-sided Dolphins and Rhinoceros Auklets. As we made our way back to Telegraph Cove, Conger could be seen trap feeding in the distance.

Argonaut the Humpback Whale dives back under the calm flat water

Argonaut the Humpback Whale raises his/her tail flukes for a deeper dive

How many juvenile Bald Eagles can you spot?

Herring fly in all directions as Conger the Humpback Whale lunge feeds with Rhinoceros Auklets nearby.

Pacific Harbour Seals haul out during low tide.

Conger the Humpback Whale trap feeds in the distance.

Photo credits: Ashley Nielsen and Alex McDonald. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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Humpback Whales in all Directions!

Tuesday June 19, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa and M.V. Kuluta

A Humpback Whale lifts his/her giant tail flukes as it dives deep under the water

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Guardian, Black Pearl and unknown), Steller’s Sea Lions Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Harlequin Ducks and Pigeon Guillemots.

Hold on to your socks cause today’s trip nearly knocked ours off! The sun was out and so was the wildlife. Argonaut, Guardian, Black Pearl and a few other unidentified Humpback Whales were fluking in all directions today against the beautiful coastal mountain backdrop. Bald Eagles soared overhead and Dall’s Porpoises sped by just under the surface of the water, giving us a look at their speed and beautiful colouring.

Argonaut the Humpback Whale lifts their massive tail flukes above the water in preparation for a dive

The Whale Watching flag flies with the M.V. Kuluta and the coastal mountains in the background

Two Harlequin Ducks were spotted on the shoreline of a small island today amid the gulls!

A Dall’s Porpoise speeds above a surfacing Humpback Whale, a great contrast in speed between the small porpoise and the giant humpback!

Pacific Harbour Seals haul out in the sunshine

Black Pearl the Humpback Whale flukes against a picture perfect backdrop

A pair of mature Bald Eagles perch high above us

A rare look at the speedy Dall’s Porpoise surfacing with the M.V. Kuluta in the background

Photo credits: Alex McDonald, Ashley Nielsen and Carmen Pendleton.

Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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Magical Magnificent Monday!

Monday June 18, 2018 9am and 1pm- M.V. Lukwa

A Humpback Whale passed by the gorgeous backdrop on the coastline.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Ripple and her calf, Argonaut, and unknown), Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller’s Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Pigeon Guillemots.

The water was jumping with small schooling fish today! We saw Bald Eagles, sea birds, and Humpback Whales (Ripple and her calf, Argonaut and an unidentified whale) all feasting upon them. The weather was wonderful and the mountains looked spectacular!

Ripple the Humpback Whale lunge feeding!

A mature Bald Eagle perched on a rock.

It was a gorgeous day out in Johnstone Strait today!

Bald Eagles and other sea birds were hunting the small fish that were jumping!

 

Photo Credit Carmen Pendleton and Allison Parker. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

 

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A Delightful Father’s Day!

Sunday June 17, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

It was a gorgeous day out on the water today and we were lucky enough to see a Steller’s Sea Lion eating a fish, seals hauled out on the rocks, and two Humpback Whales cruising along near shore, one of which was Pisa! Also, today is Father’s Day so we wanted to thank all the fantastic fathers out there, including Captain Wayne, who is also a Grandfather and full of dad jokes.

Captain Wayne. Father, and Grandfather to all.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Pisa and unknown), Steller’s Sea Lions, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Pigeon Guillemots.

What a beautiful day to be surrounded by tiny islands and blue green water.

Pisa the Humpback Whale, cruising along.

Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out on the rocks.

Bald Eagle looks out from it’s perch!

Photo credits Carmen Pendleton and Allison Parker. Taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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Flood Tide Feast!

Saturday June 16, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

A beautiful sunny day in Johnstone Strait.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Ripple and her calf, Guardian and unknown), Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Pigeon Guillemots.

Today the tide brought a bounty of food for the Humpback Whales. We were lucky enough to see four individuals in the strong currents caused by today’s extreme tides. Also, we saw the head of a juvenile Bald Eagle in the nest where we spotted the chicks on June 1st.

Spectacular scenery!

Mature Bald Eagle looks out on to the Strait.

An unidentified Humpback Whale in Blackney Pass.

Juvenile Bald Eagle in the nest.

Guardian the Humpback Whale going for a deep dive.

Photo Credits: Allison Parker and Carmen Pendleton. Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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Windy, Wild, Wonderful!

Friday June 15, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

A juvenile Bald Eagle soars overhead

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Ripple and her calf, and unknown), Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots and Harlequin Ducks.

Today the skies were blue and Mother Nature gave us a helpful push in the right direction with the wind. An astounding number of juvenile and mature Bald Eagles soared high above, we lost count past 20 individuals all over one small island! Also braving the wild weather was Ripple the Humpback Whale and her calf, cruising through the tidal currents. Pacific Harbour Seals were hauled out on the rocks, enjoying the sun as the wind blew the clouds away. The wildlife outside of Telegraph Cove never ceases to blow us away either!

Can you count how many Bald Eagles are in this photo?

Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out on the rocks at low tide

Ripple the Humpback Whale and her new calf surface together swimming against the powerful tidal currents

Some juvenile Bald Eagles nearly avoid a collision as they soar through the air

Summertime is slowly starting to appear here on Northern Vancouver Island!

Photo credits: Allison Parker and Alex McDonald. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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A Lovely Day!

Thursday June 14, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Ripple the Humpback Whale and her new calf lift their tail flukes simultaneously for a deep dive

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Conger, Ripple and her calf, and unknown), Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots and Moon Jellyfish.

This morning we were treated to an outstanding sunrise, followed by a wonderful day out on the water! The ocean was as flat as glass, giving us ample opportunities to sight the blows of humpback whales hanging above the surface of the water. We spotted Conger the Humpback Whale as well as Ripple and her new calf who delighted us by going for a deep dive at the same time, raising their tail flukes above the water in unison. Also spotted were Dall’s Porpoises speeding along, likely after some food. Pacific Harbour Seals also cruised by with their heads poking out above the water. The rain held off all day, giving us just brilliant photography conditions!

A juvenile Bald Eagle perches in the trees, surveying the water

Conger the Humpback Whale flukes before a deep dive

A Moon Jellyfish is visible below the surface, drifting in the current and feeding on the plankton that support the food web in the area, feeding all the rest of the wonderful wildlife!

How many Bald Eagles can you spot in the trees on this island?

Photo credits: Carmen Pendleton and Alex McDonald. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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An Auk-tastic Day!

Wednesday June 13, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Ripple the Humpback Whale and her new calf break the surface among the churning tidal waters

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Stripe, Claw, Ripple and her calf, and unknown), Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Ancient Murrelets, Cassin’s Auklets and Pigeon Guillemots.

Today the birders on board were incredibly happy, and the rest of us were also pretty thrilled! We spotted six different species of auklets today, including the incredible diving birds, Common Murres and Rhinoceros Auklets, as well an Ancient Murrelet, a Marbled Murrelet, some Cassin’s Auklets and Pigeon Guillemots. We also spotted Stripe and Claw the Humpback Whales and had a fantastic look at Ripple the Humpback Whale with her new calf. Dall’s Porpoises and a Steller Sea Lion also made a splash today in the crystal clear waters.

Two mature Bald Eagles perch just outside of Telegraph Cove

Claw the Humpback Whale surfaces in the calm afternoon waters

A Dall’s Porpoise moments before it breaks the surface of the crystal clear water

Stripe the Humpback Whale, can you spot the stripe that gives Stripe their name?

Two juvenile Bald Eagles perch on one of the Stephenson Islands with Telegraph Cove visible in the background

Photo credits: Johanna Ferrie and Alex McDonald. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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Herring for Lunch!

Monday June 11, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

A juvenile Bald Eagle scoops up some fish as a mature Bald Eagle soars around in the background

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Conger, Pisa, and unknown), Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots and Black Oystercatchers.

The sun stuck around today, making for a sensational morning out on the water! Pacific Harbour Seals basked in the sun while mature and juvenile Bald Eagles soared overhead. The glass-like water reflected the gorgeous backdrop as we watched Argonaut the Humpback Whale travel down Blackfish Sound. Further down, Conger, Pisa and a few other unknown Humpback Whales were spotted lunge-feeding, likely on juvenile herring. Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets and Gulls snatched up all the herring that the Humpback Whales didn’t scoop up.

Guests survey the Stephenson Islands for Bald Eagles in the air, Dall’s Porpoises in the water and Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out on the rocks

A Humpback Whale coasts along the surface of the water, mouth wide open to capture food (likely juvenile herring)

Pigeon Guillemots attempt to take off!

Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out in the sunshine

A mature Bald Eagle with its’ prize, a talon full of fish (likely juvenile herring)

A young Steller Sea Lion pokes his/her head out of the water

A Rhinoceros Auklet, can you see the horn that gives these incredible diving birds their name?

A Humpback Whale surfaces after taking a mouthful of fish (likely juvenile herring). You can see this whale’s white pectoral flippers under the water!

Two Black Oyster Catchers forage on one of the Stephenson Islands.

Photo Credit: Alex McDonald and Johanna Ferrie. All photographs property of Stubbs Island, taken with a telephoto zoom lens and cropped.

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