The (Fog) Curtain Lifts to a Beautiful Day!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Obsidian the Humpback Whale calf surfaces after rolling in the kelp.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Pisa, Ripple and her calf Obsidian, and unknown), Transient (mammal-eating) Killer Whales (T002C’s), Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Northern Phalaropes, and Pigeon Guillemots.

We set out into the foggy morning to see what wildlife we could find. As we travelled through Blackfish Sound the fog lifted and we were able to spot Pisa the Humpback Whale. As we cruised through the islands we came across Bald Eagles high up in the trees with two chicks in their nest, and Pacific Harbour Seals, including a mother-pup pair. Later in the afternoon we set out as we got reports of some possible Killer Whales in the area. We managed to catch up with them and discovered they were the Transient (mammal-eating) Killer Whale matriline, the T002C’s! When we slowly started to make our way back to Telegraph Cove we came across Ripple the Humpback Whale and her calf, Obsidian, being active in the current. Both whales were tail-lobbing and rolling around in the kelp. It was a great way to end the day.

The fog lifts over Johnstone Strait.

Ripple the Humpback Whale tail-lobs.

The T002C matriline of Transient (mammal-eating) Killer Whales travels along the Malcolm Island coast.

Two Bald Eagle chicks perch high up their nest.

Obsidian the Humpback Whale calf, lifts his/her rostrum out of the water.

Photo credits: Chloe Warren, Carmen Pendleton, and Ashley Nielsen. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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