Dramatic Acrobatics!

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Friday, June 8, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

A Pacific White-sided Dolphin leaps out of the water with incredible speed

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Pisa and unknown), Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Black Oyster Catchers, and Pigeon Guillemots.

What an exciting trip! We happened upon a few Pacific White-sided Dolphins, which soon turned into hundreds! Leaping out of the water, displaying the acrobatics for which they are renowned, guests and crew alike were left breathless and grinning. Another special sighting was a young Black-tailed Deer munching on Rock Kelp during the low tide. Joining the acrobatics were a pair of juvenile Bald-Eagles. Pisa the Humpback Whale fed amongst Rhinoceros Auklets.

Rhinoceros Auklets float on the surface, occasionally diving down to snag a meal

Multiple mature and juvenile Bald Eagles perch on rocks and branches.

A Pacific Harbour Seal rests on a rock amongst the Bull Kelp.

Guests watch with joy as a group of acrobatic Pacific White-sided Dolphins pass by the Lukwa

Pisa the Humpback Whale forages for food among the seabirds

A Black-tailed Deer munches on some Rock Kelp during low tide

A rare look at a Dall’s Porpoise as it surfaces

Pacific Harbour Seals haul out, waiting for a ray of sunshine to break through the clouds

Two juvenile Bald Eagles are quite acrobatic around one another.

A Steller Sea Lion breaks the surface of the water

Photo credits: Alex McDonald and Johanna Ferrie, taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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