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Thursday June 14, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Ripple the Humpback Whale and her new calf lift their tail flukes simultaneously for a deep dive

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Conger, Ripple and her calf, and unknown), Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots and Moon Jellyfish.

This morning we were treated to an outstanding sunrise, followed by a wonderful day out on the water! The ocean was as flat as glass, giving us ample opportunities to sight the blows of humpback whales hanging above the surface of the water. We spotted Conger the Humpback Whale as well as Ripple and her new calf who delighted us by going for a deep dive at the same time, raising their tail flukes above the water in unison. Also spotted were Dall’s Porpoises speeding along, likely after some food. Pacific Harbour Seals also cruised by with their heads poking out above the water. The rain held off all day, giving us just brilliant photography conditions!

A juvenile Bald Eagle perches in the trees, surveying the water

Conger the Humpback Whale flukes before a deep dive

A Moon Jellyfish is visible below the surface, drifting in the current and feeding on the plankton that support the food web in the area, feeding all the rest of the wonderful wildlife!

How many Bald Eagles can you spot in the trees on this island?

Photo credits: Carmen Pendleton and Alex McDonald. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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