Friday, September 28, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Quartz, Guardian, and more!), Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orcas (A34 Matriline), Dall’s Porpoises, Steller Sea Lions, California Sea Lion, Pacific Harbour Seals, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pelagic Cormorants, and Bald Eagles.
Today was a sad day, it was Captain Bob’s last trip of the season! However, it was also an absolutely stunning last day full of some amazing action. We pulled up to the Steller Sea Lion rock to check out some giants and we were surprised to hear the barks of a California Sea Lion mixed in with the growls of the Steller Sea Lion! The another surprise rounded the corner… Northern Resident Orcas! We watched as the A34 Matriline broke out of the fog banks and travelled down Johnstone Strait into the sunshine. The sunny gaps in between fog banks made for stunning scenery and illuminated the blows of both Orcas and Humpback Whales in fantastic rainbow colours. It doesn’t get much prettier than this and Mother Nature sure was kind to Captain Bob on his last day!
Photo credits: Alex McDonald and Johanna Ferrie. *Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.*