Terrific Tuesday!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Breach!

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Moonstar, Conger, and more!), Fish-eating Killer Whales (A34 and A42 matrilines), Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Common Merganser, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, Belted Kingfishers, Pacific Loons, Blue Heron, and Bald Eagles.

At the start of today’s trip we didn’t have any wildlife reports but that soon changed as we heard that a group of Orcas was in the area. We were soon able to spot the A34 and A42 matrilines of Fish-eating Killer Whales travelling together. When we first spotted them they were in a large resting group but soon they started behaving more socially and we were lucky to see a breach!  On our way home we stopped to watch at least four Humpback Whales.

Pacific White-sided Dolphins in Johnstone Strait.

The seals were enjoying the sun as much as we were.

A Bald Eagle checks its feathers.

Spyhop!

A Common Merganser floats in front of a sea lion haulout.

Who’s watching who?

Moonstar, one of the Humpback Whales available for adoption through the Marine Education and Research Society, made an appearance today!

Photo credits: Carmen Pendleton. Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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