Thursday September 28, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Conger, Freckles, Argonaut, Claw, Moonstar, Ridge, Inukshuk, Mini Wheat, Frosty, Sharpie, Bumpy, Black Pearl, Corporal, Cutter, Yahtzee, Meniscus, Piza and more) Dall’s Porpoise, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Ancient Murrelets, Red-necked Phalaropes, and Common Murres.
Over the last couple of days the number of Humpback Whales we have been seeing is astonishing. In fact on both our morning and afternoon tour our heads, and the heads of all of our guests were on a swivel, with action happening in all directions.
Wondering what the Humpback Whales are doing this time of year? We saw it multiple times today, they are feeding! Eating as much juvenile Herring as they can, before they begin their migration to Hawaii or Mexico. We saw bait balls everywhere again today and multiple Humpback Whales could be seen breaking the surface, mouth wide open, as they engulfed tons of little fish. It doesn’t matter how many times we see it, we gasp pretty much every time.
Frosty and her calf Mini Wheat were seen on both our morning and afternoon tours. In the morning both Frosty and Mini Wheat could be seen lobbing their tails and at one point, Mini Wheat Cartwheeled. In the afternoon the two were seen again, travelling in tandem and surfacing together. What a great look for all on board at the difference in size between a calf and a full grown Mom.
In addition to Frosty and her calf, we also saw at least 15 more Humpback Whales. There were blows everywhere today. Such a wonderful sight to see as we hunted them almost to extinction on our coast, up until whaling stopped in 1965.
A few other cool highlights on today’s trips, as we watched Common Murres surfacing after dives with Herring in their beaks. We know these seabirds and the Humpback Whales eat the same thing but it was special to see it with our own eyes.
Then today a sighting we have not had over the last few days, Dall’s Porpoise. It was a big energy booster on our trip when a small group of them came ripping by the Lukwa, creating rooster tails as they went. Guests also got a good look for their full size as they passed by under the water.
Hard to believe with all this activity that there are only 6 more trips remaining in our 2017 season. Don’t miss out on all these amazing sightings, come into our office and book your tour today!
Photo credits: Geoff Dunstan, Alison Ogilvie and Jennie Leaver. All photos are property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching and were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.