Wednesday June 22, 2016– MV Lukwa

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Photo Credit: Carmen Pendleton. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo Credit: Carmen Pendleton. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie.

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie.

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie.

Photo Credit: Alison Ogilvie.

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.

The light rain of this afternoon highlighted the deep green trees of the British Columbia rainforest against the pale grey skies. The weather did not deter the hearty guests, and many spent the entire trip outside spotting wildlife.

Some of our guests were lucky enough to glimpse a seal mother and pup as we cruised through a passage between two small islands. While admiring the beautiful scenery guests were pleased to spot the many Bald Eagles perched in the trees and soaring overhead.

A heart-shaped blow just above the ocean’s surface alerted us the presence of Ojos Blancos (White Eyes), the first of five Humpback Whales sighted this afternoon. Conger, another Humpback Whale, amazed the guests on our boat by swimming incredibly close to the shoreline. It is possible for whales in this area to swim so close to the shore because much of the shoreline drops steeply into the ocean below. Guardian and Ripple were seen in the swirling currents off of Cracroft Point. Strong currents lead to nutrient mixing, making this a great feeding area.

The Steller Sea Lions were also feeding, tearing larger fish into smaller pieces at the surface. Gulls and Bald Eagles, alerted by this activity, circled above waiting for scraps. Active Dall’s Porpoises completed this enjoyable day.

Individuals Identified

Humpback Whales: Ojos Blancos, Quartz, Guardian, Ripple and Conger

Other Wildlife Included:

  • Dall’s Porpoise, Pacific Harbour Seals and Steller Sea Lions
  • Bald Eagles, Pigeon Guillemots and Rhinoceros Auklets

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day

“There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now”

-Eugene O’Neill

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