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Monday July 9, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

A member of the A30 matriline of Fish-eating Orcas tail-slaps as another member just peaks at the surface of the water.

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.

Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out.

A mature Bald Eagle flies off Stubbs Island, giving us an idea of their incredible wingspan.

Argonaut the Humpback Whale flukes with BC’s coastal mountains in the background.

A mature male Steller Sea Lion is hauled out, with Stubbs Island in the background.

Pacific White-sided Dolphins surface as they chase the Fish-eating Orcas.

Captain Wayne gazes out the window at a Humpback Whale.

Photo credits: Ashley Nielsen, Carmen Pendleton and Chloe Warren. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

 

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