Saturday, September 29, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Slash, Freckles, Conger, Black Pearl, Yahtzee, Bumpy, Claw, Moonstar, and many more!), Fish-eating (Northern Resident) Orcas (A34’s and unknown), Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, Surf Scoters, Pelagic Cormorants, Pacific Loon, and Bald Eagles.
September is coming winding down but the wildlife is winding up! Sunny skies and a warm breeze welcomed us onto the water this afternoon. And what an afternoon – Pacific White-sided Dolphins could be seen in almost all directions in Blackfish Sound splashing on top of Orcas and Humpbacks, and occasionally speeding towards bait balls to feed. Humpbacks were highly active: Argonaut threw his tail out of the water, Claw trap-fed, and Slash, Freckles, and Yahtzee all looked like they may collide while lunge-feeding! Bald Eagles and Surf Scoters soared overhead, Auklets and Murres dove in and out, and a Pigeon Guillemot ran over the surface in an attempt to take off. A great way to end the season for Alex and Johanna, who we’re also sad to say goodbye to today.
Photo credits: Johanna Ferrie and Alex McDonald. *Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.*