The morning was beautiful as we sailed out into the slowly dissipating fog. There was a wonderful atmosphere as the fog that remained hung low in the mountains. Today was all about Dall’s Porpoises and Humpback Whales. We saw both of these amazing marine mammals on both our morning and afternoon tours.
Dall’s Porpoise were active this morning, choosing to ride on the bow of the boat. It was easy to see their distinct white marked bodies as they maneuvered just below the surface. Lucky for guests this was not the only group of Dall’s Porpoise who chose to ride on the bow of Lukwa today. On our return to Telegraph Cove another group were seen choosing to swim and were seen jumping in the wake of the boat.
One of our favourite things to report is that we have another returning Humpback. This morning our on board Naturalist Johanna was able to identify Crescent (BCX1258) This is the first sighting for Crescent on our tours this year. Crescent was previously sighted earlier these season in the Campbell River region as confirmed by the Marine Education and Research Society.
The afternoon was sunny, warm and the summer like conditions made for an enjoyable trip. With the calm and clear water, viewing conditions were excellent and the limited wind helped with Humpback spotting. Their blows were seen hanging in the air for moments after surfacing.
The Dall’s Porpoise were active in the afternoon as well and seen in many of the locations we stopped at. At one point swimming actively, you could see the splash at the surface that we refer to as a “rooster tail”. An interesting moment with a few porpoises and a Humpback Whale as a small group of them swam right into the path of the whale known as Ojos Blancos. Ojos Blancos had just fluked, which typically indicates a deep dive, when suddenly his/her pectoral flipper was seen splashing at the surface. Soon after you could see the swimming path of the porpoise change direction. Always an interesting moment when we see these small and big marine mammals crossing paths.
Speaking of Humpback Whales, we were lucky to see 5 on our morning trip and 6 this afternoon. Ripple and Guardian have been spotted swimming together for the last few days and are still paired up as we saw them swimming and fluking in unison today. We also saw Quartz who was fluking and taking long dives.
Everyday that we set sail is a new adventure, full of new and exciting discoveries. Sometimes we are identifying a Humpback Whale who is new to the region. Sometimes we are observing large pods of dolphins and other times, rejoicing the birth of new Humpback Calf or Seal Pup. We love the anticipation of observing these animals in the wild and consider it a privilege. We also feel very honoured to share it with each and everyone of the people who join us on a tour.
–Humpback Whales: Ripple, Guardian, Muppet, Quartz, Ojos Blancos and Crescent.
Other Wildlife Included
– 1-2 unidentified Humpback Whales. Pigeon Guillemots, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Red-Necked Phalarope, Bald Eagles, Pacific Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoise, Black Tailed Deer.
Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day
“The happiest people are those who are too buys to notice whether they are or not.”