This morning, the calm waters of Blackfish Sound were broken by the fins of 4 different matrilines of fish eating orcas as they rested in 3 separate groups. At times we could hear the exhalations of each individual as they surfaced in their resting line. The larger exhalations of the Humpback Whales could also be heard across the waters. A large group of birds gathered, and Frosty and Domino the Humpback Whales lunge fed on the juvenile Herring that had been grouped together by the diving Rhinoceros Auklets and Common Murres. As we were returning to Telegraph Cove, a Bald Eagle swooped down and grabbed a Gull! All the other Gulls chased the offending Eagle as it flew to the rocks for lunch.
2 Sea Otters were spotted on this afternoon’s trip! This is the first time that we have ever seen more than one Sea Otter in a day. One of them was right next to a group of resting Orcas, and the other was next to a colony of Steller’s Sea Lions. We look forward to seeing more of them as they return to this area.
A large flock of Gulls alerted us to what one guests described as a “National Geographic Moment”. A large Steller’s Sea Lion was in the process of killing a Giant Pacific Octopus. This was the largest Sea Lions species in the world, eating the largest Octopus species!
As we were watching Humpback Whales, we noticed that several large groups of Orcas were mingling in Johnstone Strait. We deployed our hydrophone and naturalists on both were stunned by what they heard. These calls were phenomenal and unlike any they had ever heard. Three different lines of Orcas appeared to be facing off and their erratic movements blocked our return to Telegraph Cove. What an amazing encounter!
Humpbacks: Domino, Cutter, Argonaut, Frosty and many more!
Killer whales: I15, A36, A35, A42, A30, A23 and A25 and other unidentified matrilines of fish eating Orcas
2 Sea Otters, Dall’s Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Gulls, Red-necked Phalaropes, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller’s Sea Lions and Great Blue Herons.
Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day
“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.” -Robert Frost