So Long, and Thanks for All the Whales!

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Saturday, October 6, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa

Captain Wayne checking for whale reports before our last tour of the season.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Freckles, Argonaut, Cutter, Hunter, and many more!), Northern Resident (fish-eating) Killer Whales (A34 and A42 matrilines), Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Pelagic Cormorants, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Western Grebe, Blue Heron, and Bald Eagles.

What a fabulous way to end the 2018 season. The skies were sunny, the seas were calm, and whales were everywhere! Our afternoon adventure started with the A34 and A42 matrilines of Northern Resident Killer Whales foraging just outside of Telegraph Cove. As we were watching these Orcas we were able to spot the distant blows of Humpback Whales. Freckles and Argonaut the Humpback Whales were feeding on small schooling fish and we spotted many more Humpbacks throughout our tour. Thanks to  everyone who joined us this season and we hope to see you again next year!

The first wildlife that the guests on our sundeck spotted this afternoon. Does anyone know what species it is?

A Northern Resident (fish-eating) Killer Whale foraging just outside of Telegraph Cove.

The newest member of the A42 matriline, this calf was just born in August!

Some of the sharp-eyed birdwatchers spotted this Western Grebe.

Argonaut the Humpback Whale in Weynton Pass.

Freckles the Humpback Whale feeding on small schooling fish.

Pacific Harbour Seals or rocks?

Steller Sea Lions competing for space on the rocks.

A Steller Sea Lion feeds while Gulls wait for scraps.

A Rhinoceros Auklet in non-breeding plumage, and without its horn.

Common Murres can’t decide which way to go.

Can you spot the Humpback blow?

Pelagic Cormorants and Gulls perch on small islands with the Coast Mountains in the background.

A mature Bald Eagle watches over Small Boat Pass.

Our favourite place.

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

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