Saturday, October 3, 2015 – MV Lukwa – Last Day!!

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Alison Ogilvie.

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Alison Ogilvie.

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

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

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

Amazing morning and afternoon for our last day! Humpbacks travelling in triples! There were three occurrences of three humpbacks travelling together. In the morning the air was still and all three blows from the first group of three hung in the air; it was Merge, Argonaut and Ripple. They all fluked, Ripple breached, and then breached again and tail lobbed a few times. The second group of three was Pultney travelling with 2 “new” Humpbacks (never seen before in this area, as confirmed by the marine education and research society!) Exciting news! The final trio of humpbacks appeared during the afternoon; it was Domino, Slits and Freckles moving along together and fluking.

In the morning we were also fortunate enough to see three families of Fish-eating Orcas. All three families were part of the G-Clan: G16, G22 and G31 matrilines. They were by the Enfolds and quite spread out. We got to witness some juveniles playing with salmon at the surface and were even lucky enough to hear some vocals! A wonderful addition to a calm morning.

We also got to see Pacific Harbour Seals and Steller Sea Lions hauled out, showing just how big sea lions really are. There were lots of different birds soaring overhead as well. And to top it all off, we got to show off this wonderful area and these spectacles to a high-school group from Langley!

It’s hard to believe that the season is over, but it has been a pleasure to see so many people from so many different places and share each great trip. We here at Stubbs hope that everyone has a pleasant winter, wherever you may be, and we look forwards to seeing you next year for the 2016 season!!

Individuals Identified
Fish-Eating Orca (Northern Residents): G15, G31 and G22 Matrilines
Humpback Whales: Merge, Argonaut, Ripple, Pultney, Domino, Freckles, Slits, Ojos Blancos, Quartz, and two Unknown Whales.

Other Wildlife Included:
Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, and Dall’s Porpoises
Pelagic Cormorants, Western Grebes, Sooty Shearwaters, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Belted Kingfishers, Surf Scoters, Black Scoters, and White-winged Scoters.
Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day:
The 2015 season for whale watching here in historic Telegraph Cove comes to a close after a fabulous summer of Whales! And Weather! Cap’n Wayne wishes to thank visitors from NEAR and FAR and NEXT YEAR??
“The future is the shape of things to come.” – H.G. Wells

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