Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa and M.V. Kuluta
Today’s Sightings: Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orcas (I15, I4, I65, G3, A30, A23, and A25 Matrilines), Humpback Whales (Hunter, Ripple, Ridge, Inukshuk, Merge and Black Pearl), Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres and Red-necked Phalaropes.
Listen to vocals of the Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca, that were recorded live on our 9am tour today.
Sometimes it is hard to fathom how amazing this area is and how lucky we are to operate here and share it with people like you from across the globe. Today’s tours were filled with sightings, much like the days before and no doubt many more to come.
There were once again multiple matrilines of Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca in our area. It’s almost impossible to take in the shear number of whales that we were seeing today, but they were everywhere. Whether we looked left, right or far out onto the horizon, there were Orca. A truly exceptional moment in the afternoon when we were not sure just what was happening. We dropped our hydrophone but we were not hearing vocals, not abnormal as there are many times when the whales are silent. However, we were hearing vocals but not through the hydrophone. We were hearing vocals and sounds above the surface. A very cool moment indeed.
Steller Sea Lions are continuing to return to our area. We are seeing more and more of them swimming in the water with their heads poking out. A wonderful moment today as watched two of them touch noses at the surface.
Bald Eagles dawned many tree tops and Pacific Harbour Seals were hauled out on many shorelines.
Humpback Whales were lunge feeding on groups of juvenile Herring and one more than one occasion, guests on board were able to see multiple Humpback Whales in the same location. Their flukes dawned the horizons as these giants of the oceans dove underwater. Given the number of Humpback Whales we see on our tours now, it is hard to imagine a time (not that long ago!) when they were a rare sighting. What a wonderful recovery this species has made. A true good news story!
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All photos property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching, taken by Jennie Leaver, Ashley Nielsen, and Chloe Warren with a telephoto lens and cropped.