Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – MV Lukwa and MV Kuluta

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Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie. Image taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie.

Photo credit: Johanna Ferrie.

With tourists from around the world the MV Lukwa and MV Kuluta departed Telegraph Cove this afternoon. Before long we were watching Bald Eagles and Pacific Harbour Seals on a small group of Islands in front of Telegraph Cove. The triangular dorsal fins of Dall’s Porpoises broke the surface in the distance and Pigeon Guillemots soared over the water. A Black-tailed Deer was sighted briefly on one of the small islands before it wandered into the forest.

As we continued into Weynton Pass the large blows of Humpback Whales could be seen over the water. Slash and her calf were travelling together near Stubbs Island and at one point both showed their tail flukes at the same time before taking a deep dive. Guardian and Ripple, two more humpbacks, were seen travelling together this afternoon and at some times were surrounded by Dall’s Porpoises. Guests on both of our boats observed multiple breaches from these humpbacks! The MV Kuluta also spotted Conger the humpback swimming very close to shore and two more humpbacks in Blackfish Sound.

The Bald Eagles were very active in the area today. In the Plumper Islands one of the chicks was seen flapping its wings for the first time. Adult and juvenile Bald Eagles were also seen catching small fish, possibly juvenile herring, at the surface. Rather than flying to shore they were eating these fish midair before returning to catch more!

Sun and calm waters made for a glorious afternoon.

Individuals Identified
Humpback Whales: Ripple, Guardian, Slash and calf, Conger, and two unidentified humpbacks

Other Wildlife Included
Pigeon Guillemots, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Ancient Murrelets, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagles, Pacific Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Black-tailed Deer.

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day
“The man who has no imagination has no wings” ~Muhammad Ali

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