Bad Day to be a Fish!

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Friday, July 13, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Fast food! This juvenile Bald Eagle eats a talon full of fish on the wing

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Conger, Merge and Unknown),Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Pigeon Guillemots.

Today the tidal exchange was massive! That means huge amounts of food pushed to the surface and the wildlife did not miss a beat, capitalizing on the feast. A giant group of Bald Eagles (called a convocation!) circled a bait ball that was so close to the surface, we could see the silver ripples of fish as they tried to escape the grasp of talons. A large Steller Sea Lion amazed us with his agile fishing skills as he captured multiple Pacific Spiny Dogfish from the depths and ate them at the surface, with the Gulls supervising and cleaning up the scraps. Dall’s Porpoises chose to cruise alongside the boat as the wind pushed us along Blackfish Sound and multiple Humpback Whales were spotted surfacing in the waves as they cruised the area in search of juvenile Herring for lunch. Great day for whale watchers… bad day for fish!

Simply stunning, the classic profile of a mature Bald Eagle

Argonaut the Humpback Whale lifts his/her tail flukes as they dive to deeper depths

A huge male Steller Sea Lion surveys his sunny rocky haul out spot

Can you see why a nickname for the Dall’s Porpoise is the “Spray Porpoise”?

In the fashion world, the Pigeon Guillemot is super trendy! Awesome black and white colouration highlighted by those bright red feet.

Whack! A Steller Sea Lion breaks apart a Pacific Spiny Dogfish into some tasty morsels

Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out in the sunshine

Get it while it’s fresh! This Bald Eagle grabs as many fish as possible from a tightly grouped together ball of fish

Photo credits: Rebecca Scott, Allison Parker, and Alex McDonald. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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