Sunday September 25, 2016 – MV Lukwa

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

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

We’re not going to lie to you friends it was a windy one today but well worth it. With Johnstone Strait roaring and white capped, the first fifteen minutes on board felt a little bit like a roller coaster as we rocked back and forth. Then once we crossed the strait it calmed down quite a bit, pretty typical for a day with a strong South East wind.

The California Sea Lion we spoke of seeing for the first time in awhile is still hanging around today. Guests could see him hauled out with 100’s of Steller Sea Lions. We were alerted to his presence right away from the barking sound mixed in with the typical Steller growl. You can also easily distinguish California Sea Lions from Steller Sea Lions by their size, darker colour and pronounced forehead.

Humpback sightings continue to amp up! Again, we were able to see so many individuals and such interesting behaviours. Slash and her calf Ocular were seen surfacing in tandem. A fascinating moment for guests to be able to see the immense size difference between an adult Humpback and a calf. Speaking of size, guests on board were not quite grasping the unbelievable size of Humpback Whales until one of them breached. Spectacular to see the whale’s huge body as it lunged from the ocean and twisted in the air before flopping back into the water.

Typical for September, feeding activity continues. Jaws dropped on board at being able to see a Humpback Whale trap feeding. This huge whale hanging at the surface with it’s mouth wide open seemed to take people’s breath away. Fascinating that these whales can open their mouths back two thirds of the way down their body. Once again but on a considerably smaller scale than the first time we saw it three days ago, we watched as Humpback Whales fed mixed in amongst Pacific White-sided Dolphins. There had to be at least six Humpbacks and hundreds of dolphins.

After the feeding started to die down, the dolphins swam past the stern of the boat displaying some wonderful acrobatics. They were leaping multiple feet into the air and porpoising as they went along. Not surprising considering Pacific White-sided Dolphins are the most acrobatic dolphins in the world.

Then on our way back to the harbour a quiet and peaceful moment watching Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out and warming themselves on a rocky shoreline. A guest on board asked why some are so much bigger than others? The answer – just like us seals come in different shapes and sizes. It can also be related to feeding and that some Pacific Harbour Seals just happen to eat more than others.

Another wonderful day in the books on the beautiful Pacific! It still never ceases to amaze us how much we are able to see in only three and a half hours. With only six days left this season we are actively working to stay in the moment and look forward to our next excursion tomorrow into the wild blue yonder!

Identified Individuals
Humpback Whales: Lucky, Conger, Cutter Freckles, Moonstar, Domino, Slash and Ocular (calf), Argonaut, Ripple and Ojos Blancos.

Other Wildlife
Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Steller Sea Lions, California Sea Lion, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Sooty Shearwaters Rhinoceros Auklets and Common Murres

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day
“Confidence is the directness and courage in meeting the facts of life.” – John Dewey

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