Surprising Saturday!

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Saturday, August 4, 2018 – M.V. Kuluta and M.V. Lukwa

A rare sighting this morning! A Sea Otter drifts nearby a kelp reef.

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!

A Humpback Whale leaping for the sky!

An unbelievable amount of birds feeding on a bait ball of small schooling fish this morning.

Flying fish! A juvenile Bald Eagle grabs a talon-ful of Herring as it flies by.

A Pacific White-sided Dolphin speeds by.

Perfect whale-watching conditions with sunny weather glassy calm waters.

A Humpback Whale flukes with Orcalab in the background.

A mature Bald Eagle looks on in the shadows.

A great look of the mature male Surf (A66) of the A42 matriline.

Two Humpback Whales, one known as Stitch (a calf in 2013) and an unknown whale, surface directly in the beam of the sinking sun.

An American Crow feasts on a Bald Eagle’s leftovers.

A Dall’s Porpoise splashes a magnificent spray as it speeds along.

A Pacific Harbour Seal travels up a gloriously green channel between islands.

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

 

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