Close encounters with Humpback Whales who never disappoint!

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Our sightings: Humpback Whales, a Minke Whale, Steller Sea Lions, Harbour Seals, Dall’s Porpoises, Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros and Cassin’s Auklets, Common Murres, White-winged Scoters, Harlequin Ducks, a Great Blue Heron and Gulls!

The weather had changed so quickly from yesterday’s sunshine and glassy calm waters, yet once again we enjoyed fabulous viewing of Humpback Whales who never disappoint!

Today we observed 7+ whales in our near vicinity with Inukshuk, Merge and Argonaut identified. We observed breaching, tail lobbing and foraging behaviour with some beautiful tail flukes seen. The highlight has to have been the surprise viewing of Argonaut who surfaced nearby enabling everyone to see a humpback whale up close and personal! A minke whale was also seen in passing by some of our passengers.

While wind and wave activity made identification of bird species difficult today (Murrelets and Auklets especially) it added greatly to our Rain Coast wilderness experience along with the generous mix of sea lions and seals we saw hauled out on rocky outcrops that they shared with other bird species!

Photo credits: Muriel Halle. All photo’s have been cropped and taken with a telephoto lens.

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