Thursday, June 21, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa
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.
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!
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.
Photo credits: Ashley Nielsen and Johanna Ferrie. All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.