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Sunday, July 8, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

The silhouette of Merge the Humpback Whale’s fluke.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Merge, Moonstar, Ripple and her calf Obsidian, and unknown), Resident (Fish-eating) Killer Whales (A30 Matriline), Pacific Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Northern Phalaropes,Pigeon Guillemots, and Black Oyster Catchers.

Sunday truly lived up to its name today as we had a gorgeous, sunshine-filled day out on the water! You couldn’t have asked for more as the beautiful lighting gave us even better views of the Killer Whales we came across, which turned out to be the A30 matriline of Residents (fish-eating). Adding to the sights, we got to hear some stellar vocals as we dropped the hydrophone and listened to the whales communicating. Later in the day we also came across quite a few Humpback Whales! While Merge the Humpback Whale seemed to be a bit sleepy as he/she logged on the surface, Moonstar, who was spotted for the first time this season, was the exact opposite as he/she attempted to bubble-net feed along the shoreline. As we made our way back home we also got wonderful sights of Bald Eagles perched in the treetops, and Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out in the sun.

A member of the A30 matriline of Resident (fish-eating) Killer Whales surfaces, their blows illuminated in the sunshine.

Moonstar is back! This was the first sighting of this Humpback Whale this season.

A group of Pacific Harbour Seals haul out.

A pair of mature Bald Eagles perch on an islet near Telegraph Cove.

Ripple the Humpback Whale slowly travels by.

Photo credit: Alex McDonald, Carmen Pendleton, and Ashley Nielsen. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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