Friday, July 13, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa
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!
Photo credits: Rebecca Scott, Allison Parker, and Alex McDonald. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.