Saturday, September 5, 2015 – MV Lukwa

Photo credit: Alison Ogilvie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Alison Ogilvie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Alison Ogilvie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Alison Ogilvie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Alison Ogilvie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Alison Ogilvie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Alison Ogilvie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Today was one of those spectacular days where we were able to see an amazing variety of wildlife. This morning, we watched over 30 Orcas move towards Blackney Pass, porpoising and even some of the babies breached. Conger the Humpback Whale slapped his/her tail over 15 times, and 200 dolphins materialized from Johnstone Strait. Soon these Dolphins moved in and swarmed the Orcas, causing them to take longer dives. These Dolphins also found Freckles and Quartz the Humpback Whales who trumpeted, slapped their tails and pectoral fins independently on both sides of the Pass. A tornado of birds alerted us to a bait ball which Cutter and Frosty the Humpbacks quickly found and consumed by lunge feeding on this school of fish. As we tore ourselves away and headed back to Telegraph Cove, Frosty the Humpback even slapped his/her tail repeatedly on the water.
On this afternoon’s trip, the Orcas had moved to a different Pass. While drifting for over an hour, we were able to watch them, as well as the Steller Sea Lions that were nearby, a passing Humpback Whale and the Dolphins that continued to harass the Orcas. These 4 families including the A30, A42, A11 and I15 matrilines socialized, often resting at the surface, slapping their tails and spyhopping. In the distance we saw some Humpback Whales and went over to take a look. Conger surfaced, fluked and then breached! We were also able to find Freckles and Quartz who were still being harassed by Pacific White-sided Dolphins and trumpeting. This time they had grouped together, which we often observe when they are being harassed. The dolphins eventually left and the Humpbacks headed out towards Johnstone Strait. The blows of the Humpbacks hung in the air over the flat calm waters as Freckles and Quartz fluked for a deeper dive. On the way back, we got to see one more Humpback breach and even found a Minke Whale just outside of Telegraph Cove. Today was “Super Deluxe” according to Captain Wayne!

Individuals Identified
Orcas- A42, A30, A11 and I15 matrilines of fish-eating Orcas.
Humpback Whales- Cutter, Freckles, Conger, Quartz, Ridge and Frosty

Other Wildlife Included:
A Minke Whale, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Gulls, Red-necked Phalaropes, Pelagic Cormorants, Pacific Harbour
Seals and Stellers Sea Lions

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day
“Simple truths are a relief from grand speculations” – Luc de Clapiers

Next Available Tours:
Monday September 7 @ 9:00am & 1:00pm
Tuesday September 8 @ 9:00am & 1:00pm
Wednesday September 9 @ 9:00am & 1:00pm
Telegraph Cove on Northern Vancouver Island.

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One Response to Saturday, September 5, 2015 – MV Lukwa

  1. Oscar says:

    I love your reports…especially today’s. We have reservations for later this month, and I’m hoping we have some similar experiences. We’re excited and looking forward to our trip!

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