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Friday, October 5, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

A Northern Resident Killer Whale swimming past Telegraph Cove.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Argonaut, Inukshuk, Claw, and more!), Northern Resident (fish-eating) Killer Whales (A34 and A42 matrilines), Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Pelagic Cormorants, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Bald Eagles.

This trip started with an adventure  across Johnstone Strait to the Stephenson Islands where a large number of seals were hauled out on the rocks. We got distracted from the seals by distant Humpback Whale blows and spotted at least ten Humpbacks on the trip. Some were feeding while others were travelling and tail fluking. Midway through our trip we had a report of Orcas in Johnstone and were lucky to spot the A34 and A42 matrilines. The highlight for many of our guests was watching the new calf in the A42 matriline (who was born in August) playing in the choppy water! Tomorrow will be our last trip of the 2018 season and we hope to see you there.

How high on the rocks can they get?

Inukshuk the Humpback whale swims on his side with a pectoral flipper and part of his tail fluke in the air.

No more room on the rock.

Inukshuk the Humpback Whale flukes before taking a long dive.

Orca in Johnstone Strait.

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

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