Double Orca Day!

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Saturday, July 7, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

A young mammal-eating Orca is just about to break the surface of the water.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Black Pearl, Backsplash), Resident (Fish-eating) and Transient (Mammal-eating) Killer Whales (A30 and T099 Matrilines), Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Northern Phalaropes,Pigeon Guillemots, and Black Oyster Catchers.

The title is exciting enough, but there was even more of it to be had on the water today! The thunderstorms we’ve been having lately finally let up, giving us crystal clear looks at not only Transient (mammal-eating) Killer Whales but also Resident (fish-eating) Killer Whales! To see both types of killer whales in the same day is a rare and excellent treat. Also spotted was Black Pearl the Humpback Whale, who was tail-lobbing and trumpeting as the A30 Matriline of Resident (fish-eating) Killer Whales went by. Pacific Harbour Seals were on high alert today, staying hauled out on the rocks until they were very sure they knew that they type of Killer Whale passing them by wasn’t the mammal-eating type!

Splash! The tail of Black Pearl the Humpback Whale slams against the water.

Members of the T099 Matriline of Transient (Mammal-eating) Killer Whales travel along in a tight group

Two juvenile Bald Eagles land on the rocky shore.

Bottoms up! A Rhinoceros Auklet just as it heads under water

Black Pearl the Humpback Whale tail-lobs.

A juvenile Bald Eagle surveys the area.

A member of the A30 matriline spyhops.

Photo credits: Ashley Nielsen, Alex McDonald, Johanna Ferrie and Chloe Warren. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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