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Thursday, September 27, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Look at those Herring fly as Slash the Humpback Whale lunge-feeds!

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Slash, Freckles, Conger, Black Pearl, Bumpy, and many more!), Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Surf Scoters, Pelagic Cormorants, Pacific Loon, and Bald Eagles.

Watching all the feeding today almost made us hungry! Today was not a good day to be a Herring, but a great day to be a Bird or a Whale or a Sea Lion! And to be a guest on board the Lukwa watching al this activity. Gulls funnelled down to massive bait balls at the surface, the water appearing to boil from the Herring moving at the surface! Diving Birds sped in and out, keeping the small fish high in the water. Then would come a Humpback Whale and SCOOP, take as much Herring as possible! Slash the Humpback lunge fed repeatedly and an unknown individual trap-fed, which is always exciting to see.

A Steller Sea Lion face-plants into the water, away from the huge jaws of another sea lion.

This Sea Lion porpoises right out of the water!

An unknown Humpback Whale hangs at the surface with its mouth open in a behaviour called Trap Feeding.

This Humpback uses very little energy while trap-feeding, because the small fish swim right into its mouth!

Pacific Harbour Seals blend in so well!

Surf Scoters soar across the sky.

A rainbow forms in the blow of Slash the Humpback Whale as she surfaces to breathe after lunge-feeding.

The non-breeding plumage of Common Murres.

An unknown Humpback Whale surfaces between Bull Kelp forests.

A mature Blad Eagle.

The well-known dorsal of Conger the Humpback Whale.

Photo credits: Alex McDonald and Johanna Ferrie. *Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.*

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