Thursday September 29, 2016 – MV Lukwa

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Photo credit: Jennie Leaver.

Photo credit: Jennie Leaver.

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: 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: 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.

Well friends, September is almost over, how time flies, especially on beautiful days like today. The sun was shining, the guests were fully engaged and the Humpback Whales were out feeding in full force. We had two tours depart Telegraph Cove today. This morning we hosted a school tour for kids from Fort Rupert Elementary School. Then in the afternoon we welcomed guests from across the globe to explore the wonderful adventure that awaits just outside the cove.

Humpback Whales were astounding to watch today. Feeding is definitely on the agenda for these giants at this time of year and we were lucky to see lots of surface feeding today. On the morning trip, the kids were pointing out bird activity every time we came across it. Then with a little patience, a few moments passed by and then – lunge feed! In the morning we watched three individuals rip through the surface, engulfing huge mouths of fish. In the afternoon, feeding continued as we watched two double lunge feeds. This means we watched two Humpback Whales propel themselves from the water in unison with mouths wide open. It was breath taking to see!

A fascinating moment spent watching Slash’s calf Ocular today. Separate from mom Ocular has frequently been seen engaging in play behaviour and today was no different, or so we thought. We watched as Ocular rolled in the kelp and tail lobbed multiple times. Then just to the left we noticed some bird action forming. Seeing as Ocular is a calf we did not think he/she would partake in feeding on his/her own. We were wrong. Suddenly Ocular lunge feed all on his/her own. Amazing to see this calf feeding independently.

Another surprise in the afternoon as we received a report of a male Orca in the area. We headed over to check it out immediately. There he was, surfacing in the clam as glass water. You could see his blow hanging in the air like a cloud. Unsure whether or not this was a Resident or Transient Orca, Captain Wayne deployed the hydrophone. Suprise! G-Clan calls, meaning this was a Resident (fish-eating) Orca. Likely returning to this area because of a run of Chum Salmon, their second choice of Salmon after Chinook Salmon.

There was so much activity today it is difficult to fit it all onto one page. In addition to all the whale activity we also had Dall’s Porpoise who chose to ride on the bow of the boat. Steller Sea Lions hauled out, vocalizing and whacking fish at the surface. There was Pacific Harbour Seals that in the morning you could see the mist coming off them from their body heat. Pretty cool. Then last but not least, we saw a plethora of Sea Birds, especially Common Murres.

Our countdown continues to the end of the 2016 season and things could not be any better. With three tours left this season, we have begun packing up the office for off season construction and the sun continues to shine in beautiful historic Telegraph Cove. We can hardly wait for the new adventure that awaits us on Saturday. Sweet dreams friends!

Identified Individuals
-Humpback Whales: Moonstar, Argonaut, Ridge, Frosty, Merge Slash and Ocular (calf), Inukshuk and Guardian
-Resident Orca: I12s

Other Wildlife
Dall’s Porpoise, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron, Sooty Shearwaters, Pelagic Cormorants, Rhinoceros Auklets and Common Murres

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” – Mark Twain

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