The Dramatic (Fog) Curtain Lifts…

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Monday, August 6, 2018 – M.V. Kuluta and M.V. Lukwa

The curtain lifts, revealing the amazing scenery that we are fortunate enough to call home.

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.

Pacific White-Sided Dolphin porpoising!

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! 

Freckles the Humpback Whale exhales into the clear air.

The sun is coming, and this Bald Eagle hangs its wings to dry them as the sun dries the fog.

The water seems to boil as nearly 100 Pacific White-sided Dolphins speed down Johnstone Strait!

Two Fish-eating Orca spyhop, one partially obscured by Bend (A72) of the A30 matriline.

The strong Pacific Currents flood around this small Pacific Harbour Seal.

Humpback duet! Stitch and another Humpback Whale surface in unison.

A Steller Sea Lion porpoises out of the water!

A large male Steller Sea Lion hauled out on Stubbs Island!

Argonaut the Humpback Whale flashes a fantastic fluke as he heads for a deep dive

A member of the A42 Matriline of Fish-eating Orca slaps their tail against the surface of the water in the setting sunlight

Photo credits: Johanna Ferrie, Chloe Warren, Alex McDonald, and Allison Parker. *Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.*

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