Monday, August 6, 2018 – M.V. Kuluta and M.V. Lukwa
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Stitch, Argonaut, Freckles, Hook, 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, and Northern Phalaropes.
Today began with a sense of wonder as we headed out into dense fog. Islands seemed to appear from nowhere! Bald Eagles and Pacific Harbour Seals could be seen serenely lining these small islands. Great looks and listens to wildlife continued throughout the day. Massive blows from whales could be heard through the fog, then it began to lift and blue sky engulfed us! We were fortunate enough to see Stitch still travelling with another Humpback Whale, unknown. Cetacean sightings also included a look at a huge resting line of the A30 & A42 matriline of Fish-eating Orca. The Dall’s Porpoise’s and Pacific White-Sided Dolphins also gave us a thrill as they flew the water as they passed us by. We saw the same Fish-eating Orca later in the day as well as an active, tail-lobbing Argonaut the Humpback Whale!
Photo credits: Johanna Ferrie, Chloe Warren, Alex McDonald, and Allison Parker. *Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.*