Saturday, August 4, 2018 – M.V. Kuluta and M.V. Lukwa
Today’s Sightings: Sea Otter, Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Hunter, Stitch, Ripple, Obsidian (Ripple’s Calf), Quartz, and unidentified), Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orcas (A42 and A30 matrilines), Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, Northern Phalaropes, and Belted Kingfishers.
Our crew always say they love this job because they never know what they will see and that was definitely the case today. We were surprised today by Sea Otter floating on its back in a kelp patch. Sea Otters were extirpated from the coast of British Columbia and are just starting to return to this area. A large group of acrobatic Pacific White-sided Dolphins, a Humpback Whale breaching, and highly vocal Orcas made this a day to remember!
Photo credits: Alex McDonald, Johanna Ferrie, Carmen Pendleton, and Ashley Nielsen. Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.