Fast Feeding Friday!

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Friday, July 6, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa and M.V. Kuluta

A Humpback Whale engulfs a bait ball of Herring!

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Inukshuk, Merge, Conger, Slash, and Pisa), Pacific Harbour Seals, Dalls’s Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Cassin’s Auklets, Common Murres, Northern Phalaropes, Black Oyster Catchers, Black Turnstones, and Pigeon Guillemots.

A whale of a day was had as we witnessed amazing feeding activity! Humpback Whales Conger and Slash lunge fed on balls of Herring, and then Pisa showed up to feed too! Auklets, Eagles, and Gulls flew away quickly each time a whale surfaced explosively with its mouth open and Herring could be seen jumping out of the water. The sounds of this activity carried in the scenic mist, including some trumpeting sounds from Slash. More feeding was seen with some of the Pacific Harbour Seals, as tiny pups nursed from their mothers.

This is the first day that Slash the Humpback Whale has been seen in this area this year, so exciting!

Slash the Humpback Whale is back!

A young Pacific Harbour Seal pup nurses from its mother.

Landing gear! A mature Bald Eagle prepares to land.

Two Humpback Whales feeding; Conger sits at the surface trap feeding while Slash has just finished a lunge feed.

A Black Oyster Catcher watches its surroundings.

A curious Pacific Harbour Seal.

Look at all those Bald Eagles! Flying away from Slash the Humpback Whale lunge feeding.

A Pacific White-sided Dolphin breaks the surface of the water in a thrilling way!

Back on the Lukwa dock, a River Otter munches on a fish!

Photo credits: Ashley Nielsen, Johanna Ferrie, Carmen Pendleton, and Alex McDonald. All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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