Sunday, May 26th, 2013 – M.V. Lukwa

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Pacific white-sided dolphins playing in the wake of the Lukwa. (image cropped) Photo credit - Roger McDonell

The day started off very promising and we were not disappointed. Shortly after leaving Telegraph Cove, one of guests onboard spotted a group of Pacific white-sided dolphins cruising slowly around. We stopped the boat to watch hoping to see their acrobatic behaviour but fourteen animals were not in a rush to go anywhere.

Pigeon guillemots on a nest. (image cropped) Photo credit - Roger McDonell

 

Continuing on towards Weyton Island we were able to locate three Pigeon guillemots nesting in the rocky shoreline. They were quite vocal and is was exciting to here and see these their nesting site. We will keep an eye on thislocation to see if we can spot chicks in the coming weeks.

Harbour seals on a rock quickly disappearing with the rising tide. (image cropped) Photo credit - Roger McDonell

Not far away on the rocks were a group of harbour seals being quickly engulfed by the rising tide. We watched them sit with their heads and tails reaching out of the water as they hung on to their rocky perches.

We cruised across the flat calm Blackfish Sound searching for more marine mammals and birds. Across at the White Cliff Islets on one of the larger heavily treed outcroppings, we spotted a bald eagle in a nest that we hadn’t previously known about. We will have to keep a close eye on this nest as one of the two eagles was sitting in the nest presumably on an egg or eggs.

Dolphins swimming around a humpback in Johnstone Strait. (image cropped) Photo credit - Roger McDonell

Captain Wayne skippered the M.V. Lukwa through some narrow passages between the islands of the Broughton Archipelago and we were back out in Johnstone Strait where we were delighted to spot our first humpback whale of the season. Our onboard naturalist was able to quickly identify the animal as a regular visitor known as ‘KC’, a whale that has been coming to the area since it was born eleven years ago. Very exciting for us to see one of our favourite animals so early in the season. There were about 20 Pacific dolphins in the area and some of them were harassing ‘KC’ as he seemed to be demonstrating behaviour indicating that he was bothered by their behaviour. We watched as he slapped his fins and trumpeted while on the surface.

'KC' or 'Kelp Creature' is back for the eleventh season in the area. (image cropped) Photo Credit - Roger McDonell

“Well its the third trip of the season and once again after 17 years of working in this fantastic area I’m amazed at what we get to see from the wildlife, birds and some of the most beautiful scenery,” stated Captain Wayne. “And today the sighting of ‘KC’ with dolphins all around  today made seeing our first humpback of the season even more special.”

Captain Wayne’s ‘Quote of the Day’ – “To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.” Anonymous

Our Next Trips: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m.
Friday, May 31, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m.

 

 

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