Whale, Would You Look at That! We Can Bear-ly Believe it

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Sunday, August 5, 2018 – M.V. Kuluta and M.V. Lukwa

Argonaut and Hook the Humpback Whales interacting close to the shoreline

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Muppet, Hook, Freckles and unidentified), Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orcas (A42 and A30 matrilines), Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, and Northern Phalaropes.

We followed the recipe for fun this morning, even though someone poured a little too much fog in at the beginning! As the fog lifted, so did our excitement levels. We watched the A30 and A42 Matrilines of Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca travel along in a resting line in the sunshine this morning. In the afternoon, Humpback Whale sightings were incredible. Argonaut and Hook the Humpback Whales were interacting which ended with Argonaut leaping right out of the water! Also spotted in the area were Freckles and Muppet the Humpback Whales. Dall’s Porpoises were active, spread out all across the horizon today and occasionally choosing to come closer, allowed us a great look at their small black and white bodies. A double surprise came big and small, with a black bear on the shore of an island clambering over logs and digging in the rocks, and a We’ll take double servings of days like today please!

Stunning scenery this morning in the mist!

A Pacific Harbour Seal manages to haul itself out onto a tight bundle of Bull Kelp.

Welcome back Hook the Humpback Whale to this area! Can you guess where the name came from!?

A Black Bear paws at rocks, likely looking for any tasty morsels such as crabs or mussels.

The A42 Matriline of Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca rest in a line in front of OrcaLab researchers!

Bottoms up! A Rhinoceros Auklet dives down under the water.

Muppet the Humpback Whale also spotted today in this area for the first time this summer!

Five Bald Eagles swoop down to scoop up some fish from a fantastic bait ball.

A feeding frenzy witnessed by guests on board the Lukwa, lined by the Coastal Mountains!

Breach! Argonaut the Humpback Whale gets airborne today.

Spot the “odd one out”? There’s a Curlew in the middle!

Photo credits: Alex McDonald, Johanna Ferrie, Carmen Pendleton, Chloe Warren, and Andrew Mitchell. *Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.*

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