You never know what you are going to get when you come back from a few days of not being offshore because of weather. The sun came out this afternoon, that was quite a pleasant surprise. Then again what can you expect with weather, it is all most as unpredictable as the whales that we see everyday.
We started today's trip off with a small group of minke whales and a few gray seals, strangely enough it was easier to take photos of the gray seal's because recently they have been quite curious of our strange shape's floating on a moving platform on the water. The curiosity they have for us is great for taking wildlife photos.
Then we moved onto a group of humpbacks which turned out to be Etch-a-Sketch, Wizard and Ventisca. They were feeding happily along the surface kick feeding, blowing bubble nets and straining while lot's of pesky birds harassed them and landed on their noses trying to steal their fish right out of their mouths.
Then we moved onto many sets of humpback's throughout the area, and also revisited previously sighted whales from the day. With almost all of our humpback sightings we had minke whales around because there was lot's of bait in the water. Even the minke's were feeding heavily and very uniquely, it was as if they were trying to imitate the humpback chin-kick feed which we were lucky enough to see today from one of our last humpback's of the day.
Other humpback whales sighted from today's trip were Blackhole, Division, and Barb. There are still a few that I haven't identified yet.