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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Spectacular mountain scenery behind Merge the Humpback Whale as he dives.

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.

Two Humpback Whales: Moonstar diving behind Black Pearl as she surfaces to breathe.

A Ring-billed Gull touches down to try to pick up food.

A member of the A23 matriline of Fish-eating Orcas.

The lungs of the world, Bull Kelp produces a large portion of our oxygen and looks so beautiful in the currents.

What kind of bird is that? A juvenile Bald Eagle!

Soaking up some sun! Pacific Harbour Seals.

Did you know that a group of Common Murres is called a Bazaar?

Fife (A60), a member of the A23 matriline of Fish-eating Orcas.

Hello again! This male Steller Sea Lion, recognizable by some of his scars, returns to the same rock frequently.

Pacific Harbour Seals scope out this Mature Bald Eagle.

Photo credits: Johanna Ferrie, taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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