We couldn’t have asked for more today. We were blessed with beautiful sunny weather right from the get go. After a stint of very foggy mornings it was wonderful to head out with the sun shining and the wind at our backs. In addition to this we had amazing sights with Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions and Pacific White-sided Dolphins. Wow! We also had amazing tidal activity as well. Super cool!
The Steller Sea Lions were as fascinating as ever today. As we approached one of their local haulouts, the group was highly vocal letting out their typical “ growls” and resting in the sun. We watched some larger males make their way out of the water and onto the rocky reef. This gave guests on board insight into how big these animals actually are, compared to when you just see their small nose poking out of the water.
Our good fortune with the Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca continued today. As we made our way towards the Robson Bight Ecological reserve the whales were reported to be crossing the western boundary and they were swimming along at around 5 knots. So they were traveling pretty swiftly. They took moments to stop and forage and guests were lucky to see a breach and some awesome porpoising as they continued on their way.
Speaking of porpoising, lets talk about Dall’s Porpoises. They have been everywhere on our tours lately and today was no different. We watched as they ripped across the surface, leaving rooster tail splashes behind them. Also, two different groups chose to ride on the bow of the Lukwa. We watched as they weaved in and around the bow and frequently broke the surface to breath. They are so unbelievable quick and it was fantastic to see them traveling along at speed.
In the afternoon, the first sighting we had was of Dall’s Porpoises again – this time within the harbour of Telegraph Cove! And even when we left, it didn’t take us longer than a minute to see more wildlife: Orca! The matrilines A30 and I15 were heading into Beaver Cove, which is located just outside of Telegraph Cove. As Captain Wayne said on the boat: “This is the reason we are doing the Whale Watching here.” True story!
We were actually lucky to watch them foraging. With the hydrophone in the water, we listened to some echolocation clicks at the same time. At times, the intervals between the clicks became shorter, possibly indicating that they were successful and had found a fish. Pacific White-Sided dolphins could be seen amidst the Killer Whales, pestering them while they made their way back east.
A bigger blow was spotted nearby, between 3 and 4 meters high, revealing itself to be a Humpback Whale. Stunning to watch the blow against the shore, which was all lit up by the sun. This Humpback is called Tag, whose tail we were able to see! While our boats were making their way north, they were rocking from side to side as we got more exposed to some wind. Nevertheless, the Humpback Whale sightings continued near Donegal Head with Muppet and Inukshuk, whose white tail gave away the secret of this identity.
While we were heading back to Telegraph Cove we were looking at some incredible, but thick cloud formations hovering over the Cove. They might bring some rain over tomorrow, but bad weather does neither bother wildlife nor us. We will be back on the water tomorrow with full enthusiasm to show our guests from around the world what the magical, mystical and diverse waters around Telegraph Cove have to offer.
Humpback Whales: Argonaut, Tag, Muppet, Inukshuk
Northern Resident Orca: A30s and I15s
Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Pacific Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Cassin’s Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Belted Kingfisher and Bald Eagles
Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day
“Happiness walks on busy feet.” – Kittle Turmell