Thunderin’ Thursday!

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Thursday, July 5, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa & M.V. Kuluta

Obsidian the Humpback Whale (Ripple’s calf) rolls around in the water in front of a beautiful backdrop

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!

Guardian the Humpback Whale lunge feeds on juvenile Herring as Bald Eagles and seabirds try to get out of the way!

Hard to believe these Dall’s Porpoises can be the fastest cetacean when we see them travelling slowly like this.

Pacific Harbour Seals stay hauled out as long as possible as the tide comes in

Obsidian the Humpback Whale (Ripple’s calf) head lobs in the calm clear water

Pigeon Guillemots create a striking scene with their bright red feet reflecting off the surface of the water

An unidentified Humpback Whale arches his/her back for a deeper dive

A Black-tailed Deer was spotted feeding on kelp at low tide on a small island

Stunning scenery today as the sunshine revealed the Coastal Mountains of the BC mainland

Bald Eagles line the tree tops near their nest as a thunderstorm rolls in

Rhinoceros Auklets soar by, can you see their little rhino horns?

So many Pacific Harbour Seal pups! Can you spot the nursing pup, as Black Oyster Catchers stroll by?

Post-thunderstorm

Photo credits: Johanna Ferrie, Chloe Warren, and Alex McDonald. All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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