Friday June 24, 2016 – MV Lukwa and MV Kuluta

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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: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Jennie Leaver. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Calf and Adult Humpback breaches, dolphins for miles, plenty of eagles and Humpbacks surfacing in multiple directions, today was a trip for the books. As Captain Wayne likes to say, “there are no bad trips but some are better than others” and today was better than most. The water was calm in spots and the tide was ripping in others, on both our morning and afternoon tours!

Today made history as a first for Captain Wayne after 20 years at Stubbs Island Whale Watching. On the afternoon tour he said, “I have never seen a pod of dolphins as large as we saw today this early in season.” It was a moment to take your breath away as we came across a pod of approximately 1000 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins spread out over 2 to 3 kilometres. They were seen swimming on both sides, the front and back of the boat as well as in the distance. The pod was swimming swiftly, as some dolphins jumped from the water and a select few were seen leaping high out of the water and splashing down on their sides. It’s fair to say words can not do justice to an experience like that.

There was also a very special moment with smaller marine mammals on our morning trip as the Lukwa sat with engines off in the tide rip. The boat was rotating with the strong current as two Dall’s Porpoise continued to circle the boat giving guests a chance to see the distinct triangular white dorsal fin that make them identifiable from Harbour Porpoises and dolphins.

Happy news! We are excited to report we once again saw the Humpback Whale known as Slash and her calf. Mom and calf were seen swimming in the tide rips along with Ripple another known female Humpback. There were moments where Slash and her calf were seen swimming and diving together and other moments where they were seen swimming in very close proximity to Ripple. Sometimes guests were struggling to chose a direction to look as Slash and her calf were surfacing on opposite sides of the boat to Ripple.

Both morning and afternoon guests were lucky to see the spectacular sight of a breaching Humpback Whale! On the morning trip, an adult Humpback known as Ojos Blancos was seen leaping from the water, leaving a large splash in his/her wake. Later on in the day as afternoon visitors were observing the mom/calf pair, Slash’s calf spontaneously breached. Following the breach the calf returned to swimming with mom who was never to far away. It was very energetic with all three whales swimming in the tide rip sometimes on opposite sides of the boat and then sometimes coming together. While observing these three whales guests could see two other Humpback blows and flukes in the distance. These whales were identified as Ojos Blancos and Guardian. These two whales along with Ripple were also spotted on our morning tour.

Something we do not see everyday on our tours is a Fawn. On both morning and afternoon tours guests were able to see a Black Tailed Fawn on the beach in one of the passes of the Plumber Islands. In the morning the Fawn was seen feeding on Bull Kelp on the beach. The afternoon deer was also feeding on the rocky shore of the beach but it’s food source could not be determined.

Visitors on all three of today’s tours left energized and smiling ear to ear. With grins and gratitude they departed on the next phase of their west coast adventures. Moments in the wild like the ones we experienced today bring with them an innate sense of wonder and amazement. It’s incredible just how raw and spectacular nature truly is.

Individuals Identified

Humpback Whales: Ripple, Guardian, Ojos Blancos, Slash and calf

Other Wildlife Included

-3 unidentified Humpbacks, Pigeon Guillemots, Rhinoceros Auklets, Bald Eagles

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day

“The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.”

-Helen Keller

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