An Auk-tastic Day!

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Wednesday June 13, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Ripple the Humpback Whale and her new calf break the surface among the churning tidal waters

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Stripe, Claw, Ripple and her calf, and unknown), Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Ancient Murrelets, Cassin’s Auklets and Pigeon Guillemots.

Today the birders on board were incredibly happy, and the rest of us were also pretty thrilled! We spotted six different species of auklets today, including the incredible diving birds, Common Murres and Rhinoceros Auklets, as well an Ancient Murrelet, a Marbled Murrelet, some Cassin’s Auklets and Pigeon Guillemots. We also spotted Stripe and Claw the Humpback Whales and had a fantastic look at Ripple the Humpback Whale with her new calf. Dall’s Porpoises and a Steller Sea Lion also made a splash today in the crystal clear waters.

Two mature Bald Eagles perch just outside of Telegraph Cove

Claw the Humpback Whale surfaces in the calm afternoon waters

A Dall’s Porpoise moments before it breaks the surface of the crystal clear water

Stripe the Humpback Whale, can you spot the stripe that gives Stripe their name?

Two juvenile Bald Eagles perch on one of the Stephenson Islands with Telegraph Cove visible in the background

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

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