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Saturday, August 11, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa and M.V. Kuluta

What’s going on up there? An active Obsidian head lobs beside their mother, Ripple the Humpback Whale

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Black Pearl, Claw, Ripple, Obsidian, Slash, Inukshuk and unidentified), Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orcas (A42, A25 and A34 Matrilines), Dall’s Porpoises, Harbour Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Northern River Otter, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Belted Kingfishers, Northern Phalaropes.

Today the wildlife action was better than anything in the movies! All natural, unscripted action that is! We started the morning watching multiple matrilines of Northern Resident Orcas travel in a resting line. We also spotted so many Humpback Whales out there today that we lost count of just how many we saw! Noteworthy sightings include Ripple and her Calf, Obsidian as they lunge fed and then became very active, even breaching right out of the water! If only we could rewind and re-watch today over and over!

A juvenile Bald Eagle stretches some incredible wings out wide

Black Pearl the Humpback Whale

Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out on the rocks

Lunge feed! Ripple and her new calf Obsidian feed just under the surface of the water, likely on juvenile herring

Northern Resident Orcas travel in a resting line

A rare photo to capture today, the elusive Harbour Porpoise!

A juvenile Bald Eagle surveys the water from a tree

Claw the Humpback Whale

Photo credits: Carmen Pendleton, Alex McDonald, Ashley Nielsen, and Allison Parker. *Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.*

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