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Sunday, August 12, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa and M.V. Kuluta

Lunge feed! This Humpback Whale engulfs an entire bait ball (and nearly a gull as well!)

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Conger, Bumpy, Claw, Ripple, Obsidian, Inukshuk, Stitch, Quartz, Squiggle, Pisa and unidentified), Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orcas (A30 and A25 Matrilines), Sea Otter, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Belted Kingfishers, Northern Phalaropes.

Humpback Whales were incredible to watch today (as always)! Inukshuk the Humpback Whale slapped his/her pectoral fins repeatedly against the surface of the water. Meanwhile, Claw and Bumpy the Humpback Whales fed on a bait ball just below the surface of the water, coming up for massive mouthfuls of fish (likely juvenile herring). We were also lucky to see Northern Resident Killer Whales (matrilines A30 and A25) foraging in a riptide and being jumped on by Pacific White-Sided Dolphins! A Sea Otter was also sighted rolling in a kelp bed and feeding on a crab. 

Sea Otter eating a crab!

Orca foraging in Johnstone Strait.

Naturalist Chloe spotting wildlife.

Can you spot the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin?

Salmon eating Killer Whale being harassed by a Pacific White-Sided Dolphin

Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out during a extra low tide today

Beautiful Bald Eagle perched atop a rocky islet.

The fantastic fluke of a Humpback Whale as they dive beneath the surface of the water

Pacific White-Sided Dolphin leaping out of the rip tide!

Two fish-eating Killer Whales swimming along in Johnstone Strait

Rhinoceros Auklets diving down below the surface in search of fish

Captain Wayne deploying the hydrophone so we can listen to the calls of the Orca.

The A30 and A25 matrilines of Resident (Fish-eating) Orcas surface in Weynton pass, in this beautiful, peaceful evening.

Look at the size difference! Quartz the Humpback Whale surfaces at the same time as a Pacific White-sided Dolphin.

Photo Credits: Alex McDonald, Allison Parker, Chloe Warren and Carmen Pendleton. Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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