Thursday, July 5, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa & M.V. Kuluta
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Quartz, Cosmo, Ripple, Obsidian, Merge, Guardian, Black Pearl, Squiggle, Argonaut, and unknowns), Dall’s Porpoises, Hybrid Dall’s/Harbour Porpoise, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Black-tailed Deer, Bald Eagles, Black Turnstones, Black Oystercatchers, Northern Phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Common Murres.
Today was one of those days where we just didn’t know where to look! Humpback Whales kept us busy today, between watching Guardian the Humpback Whale lunge feed, Ripple and her calf, as well as some new individuals back in the area including Quartz, we were on our toes with heads on a swivel! The bird activity today was also spectacular, Bald Eagles were swooping down upon a bait ball among Rhinoceros Auklets and Gulls. Guardian the Humpback Whale lunge-fed. Black Turnstones and Black Oystercatchers were spotted on the rocks, milling about amongst hauled out Pacific Harbour Seal mothers with their pups. Dall’s Porpoises surfaced with the sunlight glinting on their backs (including a hybrid!) and a few Steller Sea Lions poked their heads out of the water to see what all the fuss about the sunshine was about. That sunshine was later replaced by a thunderstorm, complete with dazzling lightning strikes in the distance and rolling thunder. Spectacular!
Photo credits: Johanna Ferrie, Chloe Warren, and Alex McDonald. All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.