September 17, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa
Freckles the Humpback Whale (left) and members of the T055 matriline of Mammal-eating Orca.
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Domino, Claw, Ripple and Obsidian, Conger, Argonaut, Freckles, Stitch, Pisa, Inukshuk, and many more!), Mammal-eating (Bigg’s/Transient) Orcas (T055s), Steller Sea Lions, Pacific Harbour Seals, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Bald Eagles, Ancient Murrelets, Fork-tailed Storm Petrels, White-wing & Surf Scoters, Great Blue Herons, and Belted Kingfishers.
Today was a day that may just beat National Geographic; a very interesting interaction between a Humpback Whale known locally as Freckles was with a family of Mammal-eating Orcas, and lots of activity could be seen. Freckles trumpeted and surfaced erratically, even vocalizing under the surface occasionally. These Orcas moved around a lot today but bypassed Seals and Sea Lions, and after their interaction with Freckles, slowly travelled north. Feeding frenzies stirred up the calm waters in multiple directions – Gulls, Auklets, Murres and Murrelets, fed on balls of Herring before Humpback Whales would swallow the mass. A couple of Steller Sea Lions also whacked larger fish at the surface, birds swooping in to get flying scraps. What a day to be alive!
The T055 matriline of Mammal-eating Orcas.
Freckles escaping from the Orca.
The T055 matriline of Mammal-eating Orca.
Freckles the Hmpback Whale, after her encounter with the Orca.
Check out the reflection.
Can you hear the call of the Common Murre.
A Gull lands on a relaxing Steller Sea Lion.
What a jump! This Steller Sea Lion leaps from the water.
Humpback Whale Pisa lunge feeding on a group small schooling fish.
A member of the T055 matriline of Mammal-eating Orcas.
Eagle-eyed guests spot a whale!
Humpback Whales in Blackfish Sound.
Steller Sea Lion eating a fish at the surface.
Mother and Calf Humpback Whales, Ripple and Obsidian.
Gull and Storm Petrel.
Photo credits: Carmen Pendleton and Johanna Ferrie. *Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.*