Friday, July 6, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa and M.V. Kuluta
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!
Photo credits: Ashley Nielsen, Johanna Ferrie, Carmen Pendleton, and Alex McDonald. All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.