Dolphins were the highlight of the day! We were watching a playful mom and calf Humpback Whale when suddenly a HUGE pod of Pacific Whitesided Dolphins came in the to the area. Mixed in with the Whitesides was another species dolphin as well – the Northern Right Whale Dolphin. The Northern Right Whale Dolphin is very unique because it does not have a dorsal fin. They are mostly black in color, with no fin on the back, and a slender beak or snout. We often see them in a mixed group with other dolphin species when we do get a sighting of them.
The icing on the cake for the day was a sighting of a Brownell’s color morph of Pacific Whitesided Dolphin. This color morph has more white in a striped pattern on the side of the dolphin, while the normal white patch is dark gray. Our photographer, Slater Moore, was able to capture footage of both species of dolphin for his vlog today and he got a few shots of the Brownell’s too! Check out his video by clicking the link here.