Herring for Lunch!

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Monday June 11, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

A juvenile Bald Eagle scoops up some fish as a mature Bald Eagle soars around in the background

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Conger, Pisa, and unknown), Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots and Black Oystercatchers.

The sun stuck around today, making for a sensational morning out on the water! Pacific Harbour Seals basked in the sun while mature and juvenile Bald Eagles soared overhead. The glass-like water reflected the gorgeous backdrop as we watched Argonaut the Humpback Whale travel down Blackfish Sound. Further down, Conger, Pisa and a few other unknown Humpback Whales were spotted lunge-feeding, likely on juvenile herring. Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets and Gulls snatched up all the herring that the Humpback Whales didn’t scoop up.

Guests survey the Stephenson Islands for Bald Eagles in the air, Dall’s Porpoises in the water and Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out on the rocks

A Humpback Whale coasts along the surface of the water, mouth wide open to capture food (likely juvenile herring)

Pigeon Guillemots attempt to take off!

Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out in the sunshine

A mature Bald Eagle with its’ prize, a talon full of fish (likely juvenile herring)

A young Steller Sea Lion pokes his/her head out of the water

A Rhinoceros Auklet, can you see the horn that gives these incredible diving birds their name?

A Humpback Whale surfaces after taking a mouthful of fish (likely juvenile herring). You can see this whale’s white pectoral flippers under the water!

Two Black Oyster Catchers forage on one of the Stephenson Islands.

Photo Credit: Alex McDonald and Johanna Ferrie. All photographs property of Stubbs Island, taken with a telephoto zoom lens and cropped.

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