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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Two Humpback Whales interacting with Pacific White-sided Dolphins and Steller Sea Lions.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Moonstar, Freckles, and more!), Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Pacific Loons, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Belted Kingfishers, Blue Heron, and Bald Eagles.

The cool wind and fresh snow on the Coast Mountains made it feel like we have skipped a season. Today’s trip started with a visit to the seal haulout where many seals were perched high above the water. We then spotted humpback blow after blow throughout the trip. There was much excitement as two humpbacks were being chased by dolphins and sea lions. The agitated humpbacks were trumpeting and slapping their pectoral fins. Later we spotted a sea lion devouring a chum salmon with gulls hovering above  waiting for scraps.

Pacific Harbour Seals high above the water.

Moonstar the Humpback Whale flukes before a deep dive.

Look at the size difference!

Pec Slap!

Gulls wait for scraps as a sea lion feeds on a salmon.

How did they get onto that rock?

A sea lion checks out the guests on the Lukwa.

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

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