Friday, August 3, 2018 – M.V. Kuluta and M.V. Lukwa
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.
Photo credits: Johanna Ferrie, Alex McDonald, Carmen Pendleton and Ashley Nielsen, images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.