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Friday, August 3, 2018 – M.V. Kuluta and M.V. Lukwa

Several members of the A30 matriline travel along the shoreline together with one young member splashing by.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Quartz, Ojos Blancos, Hunter, Stitch, Pisa, Argonaut, Freckles, and unidentified), Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orcas (A 25, A30, and A42 matrilines), Transient (mammal-eating) Orca, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Northern Phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, and Belted Kingfishers.

Today was a great example at how quickly things can change and how every trip can be different, with different whales and wildlife spotted all throughout the Johnstone Strait area. The morning started out foggy but it quickly burned off and allowed us to have great looks at Dall’s Porpoises travelling by. A lone male Transient (mammal-eating) Killer Whale was also spotted as he travelled past Telegraph Cove. Throughout the day we were lucky enough to also pick up on families of Fiish-eating Orcas as well, including some vocals and echolocation! They turned out to be multiple matrilines, and were doing a bit of foraging just inside the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve.  Later, the families could be seen (and heard) travelling up the straits. The day almost came to a close as we cruised through the islands and saw many Pacific Harbour Seals of all colours hauled out, some blending right into the rocks while Bald Eagles perched and Belted Kingfishers soared through the trees. But then, to wrap it all up, a Humpback Whale could be heard exhaling in Weynton Pass, its blow lingering in front of the sinking sun. 

How many seals can you spot? The colouration of some Pacific Harbour Seals allows them to blend in great with the rocks and kelp.

Quartz the Humpback Whale flukes before a deep dive.

A young member of the A30 matriline of Fish-eating Orca surfaces with Bull Kelp in its mouth!

Wildlife and beautiful scenery?! What more could you want?

A raft of Rhinoceros Auklets floats by together.

You might be able to see why Freckles the Humpback Whale gets her nickname, her dorsal surface is covered in small white spots like freckles!

A lone male Mammal-eating Orca travels up Johnstone Strait.

Sea gulls pick at a bait ball of small schooling fish.

Many Bald Eagles could been seen up in the trees after feeding on a bait ball along with the sea gulls.

A Fish-eating Orca surfaces in front of a glorious sunset.

Photo credits: Johanna Ferrie, Alex McDonald, Carmen Pendleton and Ashley Nielsen, images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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