Monday, September 3, 2012
September 1, 2012 Whale Watches
9 am and 2 pm Whale Watches Joanne
A strong NE wind brought bumpy seas, as well as aerials from the whales. We had close to a dozen humpback whales and a high speed charging minke whale which surfaced right off our bow. Humpback whales were displaying a variety of aerials, including breaching, tailbreaching, and flippering. While there are many theories (communication, play) to why whales do such aerials, we can’t say for certain why they do such’, and likely it has different reasons at different times. It is the rarest behavior to see, with breaching being seen on average of 1 out of 15 whale watching trips, so we were quite lucky to get so many aerials on this trip. In addition to the whales, we got a fantastic look at a harbor seal “bottling” through the waves right next to our boat.
The seas continued to increase as the day progressed, as did the number of whales. Over a dozen humpback whales were seen off Peaked Hill, with aerials still being quite frequent, including repeated flippering. In addition, we had quick view of kick feeding and surfacing feeding through bubble nets. The high latitude cold waters are feeding grounds (as well as a nursery area). Feeding can take place at different places throughout the water column, including the bottom/sea floor, mid water or at the surface-the most dramatic for us to witness is surface feeding. A hearty group of passengers made the most of the rocking and rolling seas and the whales!