Thursday, September 27, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa
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.
Photo credits: Alex McDonald and Johanna Ferrie. *Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.*