Monday September 25, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Moonstar, Ridge, Ripple, ), Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca (A34s, G01s, I31s) Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Ancient Murrelets and Common Murres.
You just never know what is going to happen in nature. This is an ongoing theme ever since this company opened its doors in 1980. The wild is always unpredictable, marvellous and exciting.
Today we had a few surprises. Starting with the return of Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca. Thanks to the work of Orcalab we can tell you that these matrilines were the G01s, I31s and the A34s. It was a wonderful sightings as the whales were vocalizing and we were able to listen in on their acoustic world. A world that is so integral to them. The whales were spread out and foraging for fish as we watched them wiggling at the surface.
Speaking of fish, Humpback Whale feeding continues in our are as these whales prepare for their upcoming migration to Hawaii or Mexico in the fall. We watched today as Moonstar the Humpback Whale could be seen trap feeding at the surface for a considerable period of time. It was mind blowing to sit their and observe this whale rotating at the surface with his/her mouth wide open. Guest on board were able to get a look at Moonstar’s baleen and palette with the help of binoculars.
The Steller Sea Lions all seemed to be on the one haul out today and there were a lot of them. It was interesting to see them resting side by side and at times even on top of one another. There has been so many individuals as of late that in the quiet hours of the evening we can sometimes make out their growl even in the cove.
Pacific Harbour Seals continue to be a wonderful sighting on our tours. They are so diverse in size and colour it can be quite mesmerizing. Did you know their different colour fur is a result of genetics.
Hard to believe with all this activity that our season here in Telegraph Cove is beginning to wind down. Only 2 short weeks left of amazing viewing before we close our doors for this year. Book soon, you don’t want to miss out on September. It has been mind blowing out there.
Photo credits: Jennie Leaver and Alison Ogilvie. Photos are all property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching. All photos are taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.