Sunday, August 12, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa and M.V. Kuluta
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.
Photo Credits: Alex McDonald, Allison Parker, Chloe Warren and Carmen Pendleton. Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.