Thursday, August 13, 2014 – MV Lukwa & MV Kuluta

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Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Alison Ogilvie

Photo Credit - Sophia Merrit

Photo Credit - Sophia Merrit

This morning guests boarded the MV Lukwa in anxious anticipation of what excitement and adventure this beautiful area had waiting for them. After patiently searching through the blanket like fog, which we often encounter during the month we affectionately refer to as ‘Faugust’, we encountered the A42 and I15 matrilines of fish eating orca. We all had a good look at these whales, and were even able to listen to a few calls via our on-board hydrophone (underwater microphone). Upon further inspection we noticed that there was even a Pacific white-sided dolphin travelling with these whales. After watching the orca we headed off in search of humpback whales. We viewed two different humpbacks this morning and we were able to identify one of these behemoths as Guardian, while we were unsure as to who the other individual was. Approximately 10 Dall’s porpoise were spotted throughout the trip, as well as harbour seals and lots of marine birds. As we made the journey back to Telegraph Cove the A42’s were headed to Beaver Cove and guests were thrilled to have another look at this group of whales.

This afternoon we definitely did not need to go very far to view the orca, as they were just around the corner in Beaver Cove! The A42’s and I15’s were in slow moving resting lines , and the ocean was like glass, which allowed for some great photo opportunities. While we were watching these whales we were able to listen to some terrific calls via our hydrophone. We then cruised through the islands and found Guardian the humpback whale, who even did a ‘lazy’ lunge feed to the delight of everyone on-board. Many sea birds were feeding on the surface as well, and a few harbour seals were swimming in the kelp beds. The bald eagles were out and about this afternoon as well, and we had a good look at a young one in it’s nest. Near the end of the trip we spotted a Minke whale and were able to have a nice look at it, which was the perfect cap to a terrific afternoon!

 

 

Captain Geoff’s Quote of the Day: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

 

Next Available Tour:

Friday, August 15th @ 9:00am, 1:00pm & 5:30pm

Saturday, August 16th @ 9:00am, 1:00pm & 5:30pm

Sunday, August 17th @ 9:00am, 1:00pm & 5:30pm

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