Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – M.V. Eagle 48 and M.V. Lukwa
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Ridge, Hook, Ojos Blancos, and unidentified), Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orcas (A42 and A30 matrilines), Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Dall’s Porpoises, Sea Otter, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Black Oystercatchers, Belted Kingfishers, and Northern Phalaropes.
The sun shone down on us today, warming us up despite the cold air. Ribbons of fog persisted throughout the day, making for a true West Coast atmosphere. As we travelled through different pockets of visibility, we came across all sorts of different species: Ridge the Humpback Whale started us off, travelling slowly in the morning fog. Two families of Northern Resident (Fish-eating) Orcas, the A42 and the A30 matrilines, travelled up Johnstone Strait, being vocal at times, while Hook and other Humpback Whales were seen in Blackfish Sound. Dall’s Porpoises and Pacific White-sided Dolphins flashed their backs throughout the area. Mature Bald Eagles were perched in trees and diving down to catch fish, while Steller Sea Lions thermoregulated by sticking their fins in the air through the islands. Pacific Harbour Seals, including young pups, were seen enjoying the sun just as much as us, hauled out on the rocks. A particular highlight was spotting a Sea Otter, very rare to see here, drifting past an island laden with Seals, Gulls, and Black Oystercatchers. It was a beautiful, peaceful day.
Photo credits: Chloe Warren, Johanna Ferrie, and Ashley Nielsen. All images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.