Monday July 9, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Guardian, Argonaut, and unidentified), Fish-eating Killer Whales (A30 Matriline), Pacific Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Northern Phalaropes, and Pigeon Guillemots.
To everyone’s delight, the A30 matriline of Fish-eating Orcas were spotted in the area again today. The younger members of the family were being quite active, tail-slapping and even breaching! The activity continued in the afternoon as they turned around in front of Telegraph Cove over lunch time. Pacific White-sided Dolphins were seen accelerating in the tidal currents, right amongst the Fish-eating Orcas. Meanwhile, Dall’s Porpoises were also spotted, some of them choosing to bow ride in the morning. Pacific Harbour Seals were seen hauled out on the rocks as the tide went out, and both mature and juvenile Bald Eagles were observed in the islands. Steller Sea Lions were also seen , including a mature male hauled out in the afternoon sun. With all of this activity, one can’t forget the sight of majestic Humpback Whales, including Guardian and Argonaut, fluking with the beautiful coastal mountains of BC’s mainland in the background.
Photo credits: Ashley Nielsen, Carmen Pendleton and Chloe Warren. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.