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Saturday, September 29, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

So many cetaceans! Claw the Humpback Whale trap-feeds, her mouth wide open and baleen hanging out, while a Pacific White-sided Dolphin races towards her and Fish-eating Orcas surface nearby.

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.

4 members of the A34 matriline of Fish-eating Orcas surface serenely.

Bald Eagle silhouetted in a tree.

The water is alive! With the splashes of hundreds of Dolphins booting it down Blackfish Sound.

Dolphins mobbing these Fish-eating Orcas.

Feeding frenzy! Two Humpback Whales almost appear to collide as they lunge-feed on the same ball of small schooling fish.

A sunny spot for a Seal!

Water runner! A Pigeon Guillemot runs across the surface in an attempt to take off.

Two male Steller Sea Lions stay out of the cold water.

Guests listen to Steller Sea Lions poking their noses above the water to breathe, and take in the beauty of this amazing area.

Speedy Surf Scoters!

A very small Pacific White-sided Dolphin.

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

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