Saturday, October 13, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Freckles, Inukshuk, Dandelion, Argonaut, Twister, Ridge, Galaxy, Slapshot, Hunter, Claw, Conger, Clover, Moonstar, Stitch, and more in the distance!), Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Pelagic Cormorants, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Ancient Murrelets, and Bald Eagles.
Today Stubbs was proud to sponsor the 6th Annual Marine Education and Research Society Fundraising Trip. The Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) is a fantastic local charity dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research, environmental education, and marine wildlife response. Many of our guests will have heard about the work that MERS does in maintaining the Humpback Whale catalogue in this area. On our full day trip today we had fabulous wildlife sightings including at least 14 different Humpback Whales. The highlight today was the behaviour of Inukshuk the Humpback Whale. When we first spotted him he was very active, tail lopping and slapping his pectoral fins while surrounded by dolphins. When we lowered the hydrophone we heard the most amazing vocalizations- bringing a tear to the eye of many on board. Later in the day Inukshuk was also spotted pursuing Freckles, a female Humpback Whale. This time of year is when the Humpback Whales are getting ready to migrate south to their breeding grounds and it seems like Inukshuk is getting ready. Thanks to everyone who joined us today in supporting the important work of MERS.
Photo credits: Carmen Pendleton. Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.