Another day, another great chance for seeing wildlife in the waters around Telegraph Cove!
We could not believe our eyes, but when the Lukwa started off in the morning, there was almost no fog out at sea, providing us with neat sighting conditions! Throughout the day we had very calm seas, but were able to witness some strong currents, especially in the narrow passages of the Plumper Islands and Weynton Pass, due to a strong tidal change of approximately 4 metres.
Everything pointed to a promising day, which soon turned out to be true: guests onboard the Lukwa and the Kuluta got to see some tremendous wildlife today!
In the morning we were lucky to spot some Humpback Whales in the Plumper Islands. When they showed their flukes, we were able to identify them as Argonaut, Ojos Blancos, Ripple, Slash and her calf! It was exhilarating to watch their bodies break through the surface in these calm waters and to listen to their loud exhalations. The blows were hanging in the morning air, and it took a few seconds until they faded away. Some of the individuals we saw in the morning were sighted in the afternoon again, but we also observed other individuals, such as Inukshuk and Guardian. These two have very white flukes, but still enough differences to distinguish the two.
While we were watching Slash and her calf in the afternoon, we suddenly saw a big splash – one of the whales breached! It soon revealed himself/herself to be Slash’s calf who continued to breach another two times. In-between the breaches the whale surfaced a couple of times and fluked, before he/she propelled his/her body out of the water again. It seemed very surreal when we watched it happen!
It was another fortunate day to watch the Northern Resident Killer Whales in Johnstone Strait. Although there had not been a sighting report in the morning, they were seen a little later on. Excited faces on the boat!
We first spotted them near the rubbing beaches in the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve from afar. When they left the reserve, we were privileged to watch them traveling west at high speeds of around 8 knots. A male known as Fife (matriline A23s) was leading the group when we first saw them, with the rest of the group following close by.
In the afternoon we were lucky to spot them again, a bit further west this time, as they had moved on in the meantime. We were even able to hear some echolocation via our onboard hydrophone, after Captain Wayne deployed it.
A special moment for our crew today. We have been watching for over a month now as a pair of Bald Eagle chicks grow more and more everyday. Today as we passed by on our tour as we do everyday, guests and crew were able to see the chicks flapping their wings for the first time. We are looking forward to the day when we see them fly from the nest. Super exciting!
What a fabulous day out on the water! A big thanks goes to all our guests from today for showing such a strong interest in wildlife and conservation!
Northern Resident Orca: A23s, A25s
Humpback Whales: Argonaut, Ojos Blancos, Slash and her calf, Ripple, Guardian, Inukshuk
Other Wildlife Included:
Dall’s Porpoise, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Steller Sea Lion, Pacific Harbour Seals, Sea Otter, Bald Eagles, Red-necked Phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklets
Captain Wayne’s quote of the day:
“Everyone’s future is a reality uncertain and full of unknown treasures from which all may draw unguessed prizes” – Lord Dunsany