Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Merge, Black Pearl, Moonstar, Ripple and Obsidian, Unknowns), Fish-eating Orcas (A23 Matriline), Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Northern Phalaropes, Black Turnstones,Pigeon Guillemots, and Harlequin Ducks.
What an exhilarating day! Wildlife and activity seemed to surround us everywhere we looked. Multiple Humpback Whales could be seen and heard throughout Blackfish Sound, including some that we couldn’t identify. A big highlight of the day was seeing Ripple’s calf, Obsidian, rolling around in kelp and occasionally resting at the surface with its mouth open! We also got to see the A23 matriline of Fish-eating Orcas moving quickly up Johnstone Strait. Varieties of seabirds surrounded us, and we got an amazing look at Harlequin Ducks and a young Bald Eagle.
Photo credits: Johanna Ferrie, taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.