Wednesday, August 27th 2014 – MV Lukwa and Kuluta

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Photo Credit - Alison

Photo Credit - Alison

Photo Credit - Alison

Photo Credit - Alison

Photo Credit - Alison

Photo Credit - Sophia

Photo Credit - Sophia

Photo Credit - Sophia

Photo Credit - Sophia

This morning had a slow start with the fog holding up a thick front just outside of Telegraph cove in the Johnstone straits but it was still no challenge for us as we managed to find a humpback whale “Gemini”. Everyone on board was incredibly lucky to watch this magnificent marine mammal bubble net more than 5 times!! Bubble netting is a tactic employed by the Humpbacks to get small schooling fish to concentrate when birds and tides don’t make this happen. This feeding tactic does not often happen in the study area for Marine Education Research Society so guests on board as well as two biologist we have on board were beyond amazed with this activity. Throughout the morning we also had Pacific White Sided Dolphins playing at the bow of the MV Lukwa and MV Kuluta, Dall’s porpoises scattered across the horizon, Steller sea lions perched on a few large rocks, and harbour seals hauled out on the rocks!

As we ventured out again for the 1:00pm departure with both boats fully loaded with passengers the fog was beginning to clear, the sun was starting to shine and reports of orcas in the area flooded over the VHF radio! We kicked off the with a great view of “InukshuK” as this humpback whale continued to lunge feed then all of a sudden made a full breach out of the water! After all this humpback excitement we headed to take a look at the A30 killer whales that were spread out foraging, there were great vocals bursting over our hydrophones as soon as we dropped down our under water microphones even though these whales were being mobbed by pacific white sided dolphins! Towards the end of our trip we also viewed a few Steller sea lions and a couple more humpback whales!

 

The pacific fly way was nothing but spectacular all day today with 100’s of Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Northern phalaropes, over a dozen bald eagles and a few belted kingfishers!

 

 

Captain Geoff’s Quote of the Day:

 

“You have to dream before your dreams can come true” – APJ. Abdul Kalam

 

Next Available Tour:

Thursday, August 28th @ 9:00am and 1:00pm

Friday, August 29th @ 9:00am and 1:00pm

Saturday, August 30th @ 9:00am and 1:00pm

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