Saturday, September 15, 2018 – M.V. Lukwa
Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Stitch, Ridge, Merge, Claw, Inukshuk, Squiggle, Bumpy, Argonaut, Guardian, and many more!), Northern Resident (Fish-eating) Orcas (A30 and I15 Matrilines) and Mammal-eating (Transient/Bigg’s) Orcas (T055s), Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Dall’s Porpoises, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Sooty Shearwaters, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Great Blue Heron, and Northern Phalaropes.
The rain held off this morning and we were lucky enough to find some of the Northern Resident Orcas who have been ranging further and further out of our area as of late. They were moving swiftly with the ebbing tide down the aptly named Blackfish Sound. The rain caught up to us later on, but not before we were able to catch up to the Orcas as they moved further west behind Malcolm Island. A large and acrobatic group of Pacific White-sided Dolphins ranged nearby, at times interacting with the Orcas and Humpback Whales when not busy fishing, with Seagulls soaring over top hoping to catch a scrap. Mammal-eating Orcas also appeared later in the day, travelling quickly. It was impossible not to see a Humpback Whale today; they were spotted in any and all direction, fluking and occasionally lunge-feeding. The day was complete with Dall’s Porpoises speeding by the boat, Steller Sea Lions swimming by or roaring on the rocks, Bald Eagles soaring overhead, and a couple of curious Pacific Harbour Seals poking their head out of the water by the Lukwa.
Photo credits: Johanna Ferrie, Chloe Warren, and Alex McDonald. *Images taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.*