Warm Winds, Sunny Skies and Sightings Galore!

Thursday September 28, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa

Inukshuk the Humpback Whale flukes with the beautiful mountains in the distance.

A Steller Sea Lions drifts along on his back.

Another lunge feeding Humpback Whale.

Pacific Harbour Seals.

Squiggle the Humpback Whale lunge feeds.

A great look at a mature Bald Eagle.

A mature male Steller Sea Lions sits on this rocky shoreline.

Frosty and her calf, Mini Wheat surface in tandem.

Dall’s Porpoise rooster tail past the Lukwa.

A Common Murre surfaces with a Herring in his/her beak.

Humpback Whales Frosty and her calf Mini Wheat are seen travelling with Sharpie, another Humpback Whale.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Conger, Freckles, Argonaut, Claw, Moonstar, Ridge, Inukshuk, Mini Wheat, Frosty, Sharpie, Bumpy, Black Pearl, Corporal, Cutter, Yahtzee, Meniscus,  Piza and more) Dall’s Porpoise, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Ancient Murrelets, Red-necked Phalaropes, and Common Murres.

Over the last couple of days the number of Humpback Whales we have been seeing is astonishing. In fact on both our morning and afternoon tour our heads, and the heads of all of our guests were on a swivel, with action happening in all directions.

Wondering what the Humpback Whales are doing this time of year? We saw it multiple times today, they are feeding! Eating as much juvenile Herring as they can, before they begin their migration to Hawaii or Mexico. We saw bait balls everywhere again today and multiple Humpback Whales could be seen breaking the surface, mouth wide open, as they engulfed tons of little fish. It doesn’t matter how many times we see it, we gasp pretty much every time.

Frosty and her calf Mini Wheat were seen on both our morning and afternoon tours. In the morning both Frosty and Mini Wheat could be seen lobbing their tails and at one point, Mini Wheat Cartwheeled. In the afternoon the two were seen again, travelling in tandem and surfacing together. What a great look for all on board at the difference in size between a calf and a full grown Mom.

In addition to Frosty and her calf, we also saw at least 15 more Humpback Whales. There were blows everywhere today. Such a wonderful sight to see as we hunted them almost to extinction on our coast, up until whaling stopped in 1965.

A few other cool highlights on today’s trips, as we watched Common Murres surfacing after dives with Herring in their beaks. We know these seabirds and the Humpback Whales eat the same thing but it was special to see it with our own eyes.

Then today a sighting we have not had over the last few days, Dall’s Porpoise. It was a big energy booster on our trip when a small group of them came ripping by the Lukwa, creating rooster tails as they went. Guests also got a good look for their full size as they passed by under the water.

Hard to believe with all this activity that there are only 6 more trips remaining in our 2017 season. Don’t miss out on all these amazing sightings, come into our office and book your tour today!

Photo credits: Geoff Dunstan, Alison Ogilvie and Jennie Leaver. All  photos are property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching and were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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Here a Humpback there a Humpback, Everywhere a Humpback Whale!

Wednesday September 27, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa

Such beauty! Here are Frosty and Inukshuk surfacing in the mist this morning.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Slash. Yahtzee, Conger, Frosty, Mini Wheat, Meniscus, Ridge, Cutter, Inukshuk, Moonstar, Claw, Tangent, Quartz, Freckles, Sharpie and Ripple) Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Ancient Murrelets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Parasetic Jaeger and Common Murres.

Corporal the Humpback Whale was one of many lunge feeding whales this afternoon. Do you see unlucky herring in his/her mouth? Can you find any that got away?

This Pacific Harbour Seal was hauled out in the sunshine on this afternoon’s tour.

Ridge the Humpback Whale surfaces in super sunny conditions this afternoon.

These lucky students from Port Hardy had whale school amongst the Humpback whales this morning. There is no better way to learn than from mother nature.

Yahtzee and Ripple the Humpback Whales were two of many seen on the water today. Here they are surfacing together.

Steller Sea Lions were lounging in the sun this afternoon. We had perfect conditions on our tour.

Yahtzee the Humpback Whale dives against the mountain backdrop.

Sharpie the Humpback whale surfacing in the mist.

What an astonishing day! While traffic on the historic boardwalk of Telegraph Cove seems to becoming less and less, Humpback Whale traffic is steadily increasing. As is the trend as of late, there were blows everywhere.

In the morning we hosted a school group from Port Hardy and the conditions were breathtaking. There was just the perfect amount of fog, so we could still see the wildlife but it created a very erie and west coast feel to the tour. We saw numerous Humpback Whales who were lunge feeding. The feeding activity was off the charts and it appeared as thought there were whales everywhere. At times we could also see some whales travelling side by side in the morning mist. Meanwhile we heard the oohs and awes of all on board.

The kids also got great looks at Steller Sea Lions, as well as Pacific Harbour Seals and multiple different species of seabirds.

The afternoon was equally spectacular to the morning, but the fog had cleared and gave way to a sunny September afternoon. The feeding activity continued, as we moved from bait ball to bait ball, tipped off by Seagulls who were feeding at the surface. Humpbacks were lunging through these balls of fish, with their mouths wide open. Guests on the bow had a jaw dropping moment as a Humpback Whale breached not to far off in the distance, which was absolutely incredible. The lightening we have been having as of late, contributes to the already stunning sights, as you can see in today’s pictures.

Pacific Harbour Seals were hauled out in the Broughton Archipelago and were looking very dry in the warm September sun. At times we also saw their little heads just above the surface as they swam along the shoreline.

Steller Sea Lions continued to be hauled out in the afternoon. Guests on board were privy to their amazing growls and towering size. A cool moment as we came across a sea lion in the water who was whacking a fish before we watched him swallow it whole.

We may be getting ready to call it a season here in Telegraph Cove but there is still so much to see with the remaining trips, we just can’t wait to get back on the water tomorrow.

Photo credits: Jennie Leaver and Alison Ogilvie. All photos are property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching and were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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Sunny September

Tuesday September 26, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa

The towering blow of a Humpback Whale.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Hunter, Squiggle, Tangent and Domino), Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca (A34s) Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Ancient Murrelets and Common Murres.

Sunny days at the Steller Sea Lions haul out.

This Northern Resident (fish-eating) Killer Whale just breaks the surface.

Pacific White-sided Dolphins displaying some acrobatics in the distance.

A mature male of the Northern Resident (fish-eating) population.

Hunter the Humpback Whale lunge feeds.

Hunter’s exhalation towers over him/her as he/she surfaces in the calm waters.

It felt like summer today out there on the water. With the sun beaming down and so much activity going on, it is hard to believe we are nearing the end of our whale watching season.

We departed Telegraph Cove today in high spirits and looking forward to the adventure that laid ahead of us. We started by travelling to a known Steller Sea Lion haul out. There was tons of sea lions, both hauled out on the rocks, as well as rafter together in the water. In fact, there were Steller Sea Lions in many of the places we travelled today. They could be seen swimming in the water everywhere in Blackfish Sound and a few times we caught a glimpse of them whacking a fish at the surface.

With the gorgeous conditions today we could make out of the blows of Humpback Whales everywhere. It felt as thought no matter what direction we looked, these giants of the sea seemed to be present. In fact one guest on board mentioned how astonished she was to see so many Humpback Whales. We watched Squiggle as he/she surfaced and fluked a few times and then some bird activity in the distance caught our attention. We watched as Seagulls picked at juvenile Herring from above the surface. Then the tip off, all the birds took off at once and Hunter the Humpback Whale broke the surface in a lunge feed.

As we continued to watch Humpback Whales in the day’s amazing conditions, we were suddenly tipped off to the presence of Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca. This was the same group we had observed yesterday and they had travelled far to the East over night. Thanks to a report from another whale watching company on the water, our guests were able to get a few good looks at these Killer Whales as they slowly travelled along.

Then it was time to start making our return to Telegraph Cove. Surprise! Some of the Pacific White-sided Dolphins we had seen off in the distance chose to ride on the bow of the Lukwa. Every single head was hanging over the bow to get a look at these beautiful marine mammals as they surfaced and swam just below us. The crystal clear water permitted great looks of these “smaller” marine mammals.

Today was a clear indicator of the fact that we just never know what might happen in nature and that my friends, that, is the true adventure to be had out there.

Photo credits: Alison Ogilvie and Jennie Leaver. All photos are property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching and were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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So Many Steller Sea Lions!

Monday September 25, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa

So many Steller Sea Lions were hauled out today.

Stunning scenery is always and element on our tours.

A Blad Eagle at the top of a tree.

Moonstar the Humpback Whale seen here Trap Feeding.

Two fish-eating Orca travelling together.

Pacific Harbour Seals come in all sizes and colours.

Steller Sea Lions resting together.

Moonstar the Humpback Whale could be seen trap feeding for a considerable amount of time today.

Ridge the Humpback Whale surfaces.

Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca comes up for air.

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.

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Dolphins and Humpback Whales are the Highlight Today’s Tours.

Sunday September 24, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa

A trap feeding Humpback Whale with beautiful mountains in the background.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Corporal,Freckles,Tangent, Galaxy, Slash, Corporal, Lucky and Inukshuk), Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions,, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Peregrine Falcon and Common Murres.

A Steller Sea Lions is hauled out in beautiful light.

Galaxy and Argonaut fluke in unison.

Galaxy and Argonaut the Humpback Whale surface in unison.

This Humpback Whale was in a really interesting position as we could see his/her baleen, pec flipper and dorsal.

A lunge feeding Humpback Whale.

Pacific Harbour Seals

The scenery is stunning and made even more breathtaking by this fluking Humpback Whale.

A trap feeding Humpback Whale with beautiful mountains in the background.

A Steller Sea Lions is hauled out in beautiful light.

Hundreds of Pacific White-sided Dolphins rip around at the surface.

Today was a wonderful day on the water off of Northeast Vancouver Island.

We were very lucky on today’s tour to witness a Humpback Whale behaviour that has only been documented by researchers (The Marine Education and Research Society) in this population of Humpback Whales and it is called Trap Feeding. Trap Feeding is when a Humpback Whale sits at the surface of the water with his/her mouth wide open and rotating it in order to trap small fish it is eating. Super cool to see in person. Note the picture above.

Speaking of Humpback Whales, we continue to see blows everywhere we look as of late. There was a lot of feeding activity as we scouted bird activity everywhere. Multiple Humpback Whales could be seen lunge feeding sometimes even in pairs. Always an interesting moment when we spot two of these giants travelling together. Guests watched today as Argonaut and Galaxy were seen side by side and even fluked in tandem.

Pacific White-sided Dolphins continue to be in the area. We watched as hundred of dolphins appeared to be feeding. The dolphins were squalling, often moving quiet quickly and circling around in one area. They were creating rips at the surface and would then slow down for a period of time before speeding up again. The bird activity above them was an indication that they were catching fish. Then on our return to Telegraph Cove we came across the dolphins once more. They were still behaving similarly to the way they were before but now Slash the Humpback Whale was mixed in with them.

Steller Sea Lions could be seen hauled out, swimming in the water and at times even whacking fish. In fact, at one time, we noticed there was a sea lion even mixed in with the Pacific White-sided Dolphins. The brown back and different swimming technique tipped us off.

To quote our head naturalist Alison, “This area is truly remarkable and September is her favourite time of year to be on the water.” Book your tour with us soon and find out why.

Photo credits: Alison Ogilvie and Jennie Leaver. All photos are property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching and were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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September Continues to be Amazing!

Saturday September 23, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa

Yahtzee the Humpback Whale cartwheeling.

A superb look at a swimming Steller Sea Lion.

Echo (A55) of the A34 matriline of Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca.

Pacific Harbour Seals come in all colours and sizes.

Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orcas pass through Johnstone Strait with stunning mountains in the distance.

Steller Sea Lions.

A Humpback Whale (Piza) surfaces in the foggy morning conditions.

Pacific White-sided Dolphins porpoise after the fish-eating Killer Whales.

Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca are surrounded by Pacific White-sided Dolphins. Can you spot the dolphin?

Yahtzee the Humpback Whale tail lobbing.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Hilroy, Domino, Slash, Frosty, Mini Wheat, Corporal and more), Northern Resident Orca (A34s, I15s) Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes and Common Murres.

Both tours today were spectacular and completely stunning on the eyes. In the morning we had a very misty and west coast atmosphere that quickly cleared to give way to a sunny September afternoon.

There were acrobatic Humpback Whales in the morning, as Yahtzee tail lobbed and cartwheeled for almost a half an hour. Meanwhile on the other side of the boat Frosty and her calf, Mini Wheat were lunge feeding. Look left, look right, look left, look right again! Suddenly, Frosty breached and guests on board could make out her entire figure mid-air. Super cool! Humpback feeding activity continued into the afternoon as we saw more lunge feeding and bird activity.

The Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca returned to our area on the 1pm tour. We had fantastic sightings of the A34 and I15 matrilines as they made their way along the Vancouver Island Shoreline. The lightening in combination with the calm conditions and the green hue in the water made this sighting absolutely stunning. The whales were also surrounded by Pacific White-sided Dolphins who were at times acrobatic.

Steller Sea Lions were hauled out, swimming everywhere and at times even seen whacking a fish at the surface. The Pacific Harbour Seals who were hauled out today were all different colours and sizes. Ever wonder about how Pacific Harbour Seals end up with different colour fur? It’s genetic!

The last few days have been just draw dropping. The scenery in this area is enough to make your heart skip a beat all on its own, but when you combine this with the awesome lightening conditions, calm seas and incredible wildlife it is absolutely beyond words. Join us for a tour and check it out for yourself.

Photo credits: Alison Ogilvie and Jennie Leaver. Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped. All photos are the property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching.

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Hungry Hungry Humpbacks!

Friday September 22, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa

Ripping through the surface in this epic lunge feed. Pretty cool, you can make out the baleen in this Humpback Whale’s mouth.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Freckles, Conger, Hilroy, Domino, Slash, Hunter, Merge, Frosty, Mini Wheat, Glacier, Inukshuk and Jigger), Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Black-tailed Deer, Dall’s Porpoise, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes and Common Murres.

We had two tours today at 9am and 1pm. There was an enormous amount of Humpback Feeding going on. We also got great looks and other species like Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Steller Sea Lions and Pacific Harbour Seals.

A wonderful look at the diversity of Pacific Harbour Seals.

The throat pleats of a Humpback Whale as it lunge feed on his/her side.

A Black-tailed Deer feeds on Rock Kelp.

This Humpback Whale (Domnio) came catapulting out of the water in this lunge feed.

Pacific White-sided Dolphins passed by while in a resting mode.

Sitting at the surface mouth wide open. This Humpback Whale was scooping fish into his/her mouth using his/her pectoral flippers.

Steller Sea Lions in huge numbers as of late.

Frosty and her calf Mini Wheat.

We often talk about birds feeding at the surface on bait balls. Here is a great example of that.

Trap feeding Humpback Whale Conger.

Photo credits: Jennie Leaver and Alison Ogilvie. All photos are property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching and were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

 

 

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A Killer Day

Thursday September 21, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa

Flip flopping Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Inukshuk, Piza, Glacier, Hunter, Conger and Freckles ),Northern Resident Killer Whales (A34s and I15s), Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Dall’s Porpoise, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes and Common Murres.

It is really hard to put into words and do justice to what we were able to see today. Instead take a look at some of today’s amazing sightings in the photos below. 

An incredible capture of this Pacific White-sided Dolphin as it came up for a breathe.

Inukshuk the Humpback Whale flukes.

Amazing conditions as we watched the A34s and I15s travel down Johnstone Strait in the afternoon.

Steller Sea Lions haul out in the lovely sun.

Spy Hop! From this Northern Resident Orca.

Today we saw huge groups of Pacific White-sided Dolphins.

This Humpback Whale was posturing while being harassed by a group of dolphins.

Echo (A55) of the A34 matriline.

The fluke of Hunter the Humpback Whale.

A group of Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca travel in a resting line.

This Humpback Whale was posturing while being harassed by a group of dolphins.

Photo credit: Alison Ogilvie and Jennie Leaver. All photos are property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching and were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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Off the Charts!

Wednesday September 20, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa

An awesome lunge feed from Corporal the Humpback Whale.

 

 

 

Steller Sea Lions haul out in the sunny afternoon conditions.

This Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca porpoising after a fish.

A Steller Sea Lion whacking a fish.

Ripple the Humpback Whale lunge feed completely vertical. Super cool!

Bald Eagle soars above.

A juvenile Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca Spy Hops while travelling with his/her family.

Freckles the Humpback Whale seemed to be propelling herself using her pectoral flippers here while feeding.

Pacific Harbour Seal numbers have been astonishing lately.

Awesome lighting as this Humpback surfaced on the morning tour.

Northern Resident (fish-eating) Orca could be heard vocalizing above and below the surface this morning.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Corporal, Ripple, Freckles, Piza, Claw, Domino and many many more.),Northern Resident Killer Whales (A34s), Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Dall’s Porpoise, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Peregrine Falcon and Common Murres.

Today was EPIC!

We were very lucky to get a report early in the morning that the Northern Resident Killer Whales had come back into our area. Guests on both morning and afternoon tours were privileged to some awesome sightings of these whales. On both tours the whales were very vocal and guests on board were able to listen to some amazing calls. We heard both A and G Clan calls today but were only able to identify the A34 matriline. There were two very special moments today. In the morning we could hear the whales vocalizing not only on our hydrophone but above the surface as well. In the afternoon guests got a great look as one of the whales porpoised out of the water after a fish.

Humpback Whale activity today was mind blowing as well. As these giant whales continue to prepare for their upcoming migration, they are eating as much as possible. We watched as bait ball after bait ball formed and was subsequently fed upon. The lunge feeds seemed extra awesome today. We watched as Ripple came straight up from underneath, giving guests a great chance to see her entire head and throat pleats. Then Corporal lunge feed so energetically you could make out the baleen and could see his/her pectoral flippers (pictured above). We were also privy to numerous tail flukes and dorsals. Just awesome!

Steller Sea Lions were everywhere as well. Not only were the sea lions at their commonly known haul out but they seemed to swimming both in the passes and in many locations in Blackfish Sound. We watched a few sea lions swam around Claw the Humpback Whale and then shortly after we were able to watched how they feed. A Steller Sea Lion could bee seen at the surface ripping a fish apart while Sea Gulls scooped down to pick up the scraps.

Pacific Harbour Seals continue to astound us with the sheer number of individuals we see and we watched a few Bald Eagles soaring above and perched in tree tops. A breath taking moment as we watched one swoop in for a fish. The Eagle missed this time, but was still enthralling to see him/her in action.

Words cannot do justice to everything that is happening here right now. You just have to get out on the water and see it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

Photo credits: Jennie Leaver and Alison Ogilvie. Photos are all property of Stubbs Island Whale Watching and were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped.

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Lunge Feeding Humpbacks

Tuesday September 19, 2017 – M.V. Lukwa

The awesome sight of a lunge feeding Humpback Whale.

 

 

Pacific Harbour Seals hauled out in the September sun.

Water beads off this Humpback Whale as it flukes.

Beautiful scenery today!

Black-tailed Deer forage on the greenery of this small island.

The blow lingers in the air as this Humpback Whale surfaces.

A mature Bald Eagle sits in this lichen draped tree.

Pacific White-sided Dolphins create spray at the surface.

Hunter the Humpback Whale in the beautiful glassy calm conditions.

Steller Sea Lions hauled out and swimming in the water.

Today’s Sightings: Humpback Whales (Hunter, Conger, Ripple, Yahtzee, Slash, Freckles, Domino, Cosmo, Piza and many many more), Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Pacific Harbour Seals, Steller Sea Lions, Dall’s Porpoise, Black-tailed Deer, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, Peregrine Falcon and Common Murres.

We could not beat the conditions on today’s tour. The weather was picture perfect, with sunny blue skies and little to no wind. This makes sightings of marine mammals a lot easier as well because you can see every ripple at the surface. Humpback Whale blows could be seen for miles in the afternoon light and it is evident there are a lot of whales around right now.

We had some interesting bird activity at one point today as we watched a Peregrine Falcon chasing down a SeaGull. Peregrine Falcons are hunting birds and are incredibly quick. Very interesting to see these hunting birds whip around in the sky after other birds.

Smaller marine mammals abounded today as we continue to see huge numbers of Pacific Harbour Seals and Steller Sea Lions. Both species were hauled out and in the water today. As we travelled in the small passages of the Plumper Islands we could see the small heads of Pacific Harbour Seals popping up in the Bull Kelp numerous times.

Speaking of smaller marine mammals we were lucky to see some Pacific White-sided Dolphins as of late. Today we came across a small group of dolphins who appeared to be at rest. They were travelling quite slowly and very tight together. Cool fact about dolphins at rest, did you know in order to rest they shut down half their brain at a time? Later in our trip we came across the dolphins once more but this time they were definitely not at rest. We could see them ripping along at the surface and creating a fair amount of spray.

Then last, but certainly far from least, there were a plethora of Humpback Whales spotted on our tour. Our on board naturalist Alison estimates we saw at least 15 different individuals today. There was a lot of bird activity as guests watched multiple lunge feeds. A sight that is always exciting and requires a lot of patience. We watched as Seagulls fed at the surface for many minutes before the Humpback broke the surface, mouth wide open.

September just continues to get better everyday. We are extremely lucky that the weather continues to be amazing in addition to some incredible activity. Every day is an exciting adventure. We just never know what is going to happen.

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