Saturday October 1, 2016 – MV Lukwa

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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.

Adios September and Ola October. We set sail into a beautiful morning sun with a boat full of international students from Langley. We have been so lucky this week to have such incredible weather and it continued today. In the afternoon guests from across the globe and as close as Campbell River, B.C. joined us as we made our second journey out onto the Pacific Ocean.

The trip started out right away with an active group of Dall’s Porpoise who chose to ride on the bow of the boat. The conditions were picture perfect for this moment as they could be seen clearly both above and below the surface. Often breaking through and leaving rooster tails in their wake. We also had a similar Dall’s Porpoise sighting in the afternoon as we came across an active group who then swam towards us and also chose to ride alongside the Lukwa.

With a report coming in early on in the day, we were excited to here that the Resident (fish-eating) Orca had returned to our area from the east. We caught up with them in both the morning and the afternoon. Most of our sightings of this matriline was of them spread out and foraging for fish. Then a little later on in the afternoon a wonderful photo opportunity as they all grouped up together in their family. Then they all surfaced in perfect unison. Beautiful!

Humpback Whales continue their feeding and increased activity. Multiple individuals were seen on both tours today. Feeding at depths in the morning and on the surface in the afternoon. Guests were able to see multiple surfaces and tail flukes. Then some bird activity appeared on the horizon and we watched as the Humpback Whale known as Quartz lunge fed on three different ‘bait balls’ one after the other. Just moving along from one group of juvenile herring to the next.

On our return to the cove in the afternoon the wind picked up a little bit. As we were travelling along guests were informed to keep ‘one hand for themselves’, in order to keep their balance. Then a big splash in the distance in front of us as a Humpback Whale breached. Sometimes in windy conditions like this we occasionally see increased surface behaviours like breaching. With guidance from our on board naturalist Alison, guests were able to catch the second breach when we were a little closer. Spectacular to see this giant whale propel out of the water and be able to make out the twisting motion common with breaching.

Exciting news to share with you in closing. Today was supposed to be our last day for tours but because of demand we will run one more tour – tomorrow at 1pm.   If you haven’t yet seen how much this amazing area has to offer, tomorrow might be your last chance. Don’t hesitate, every day is a new adventure and we never quite know what nature has in store, but we can bet it will take your breath away.

Identified Individuals
Humpback Whales: Ridge, Argonaut, Cutter, Moonstar, Ripple, Merge and Quartz.
Resident Orca: I12 matriline

Other Wildlife
Dall’s Porpoise, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Rhinoceros Auklets, Ancient Murrelets and Common Murres

Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day
“We should not let our fears hold us back form pursuing our hopes.”  – John F. Kennedy

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