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Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – M.V. Kuluta and M.V. Lukwa

Pacific White-Sided Dolphins swam leisurely by us!

Today’s Sightings:Humpback Whales (Stitch, Ripple and her calf Obsidian, Argonaut, Freckles, Hunter, Bumpy, 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, and Northern Phalaropes.

What a gorgeous day out on the water today! The early morning fog burned off quickly in the hot sunshine and we got some beautiful views of the A30 and A42 Northern Resident Killer Whale matrilines in the calm and glittering waters of the Johnstone Strait. There were also Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out on the rocks and Pacific White-Sided Dolphins and Dall’s Porpoise’s swimming by us as we cruised along between the islands. To top it all off we got some good looks at a number of Humpback Whales including Ripple and her calf Obsidian, Stitch and Hunter travelling together. Bumpy was also sighted for the first time this season, and what a sight! He/she was lunge-feeding, surrounded by hundreds of seabirds. 

A42 matriline of Orcas with breath caught in the sunlight.

Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out on a rock.

Male Orca  A66 (Surf)swimming along the Johnstone Strait.

Three Humpback Whales in the foggy morning light.

A mature Bald Eagle perched atop a rock.

Humpback Whales, Hunter, Ripple, and her calf Obsidian, fluke in tandem.

A member of the A30 matriline of Resident (Fish-eating) Orcas breaches.

Dall’s Porpoises surface in the tide rip.

Bumpy, a Humpback Whale, lunge-feeds surrounded by seabirds.

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

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