|Circuit exhaling at the water's surface.|
|Satellite tag on the left flank of Circuit.|
|Fluke out by Circuit.|
As we watched this animal, it flaked out and it defecated as it lifted its tail out of the water. The color of scat gives you a clue as to what the animals are feeding on. Scientists collect the scat of many different animals to help them better understand their life history and top assess their health. Dogs are now being used by whale scientists to find the scat of whales offshore. How cool is that? Love those sensitive noses!
|Scat of whale.|
|Right dorsal fin of Circuit.=|
|Flipper slapping with right flipper up.|
|Right dorsal fin of Convict.|
We were able to identify this animal was a whale named Ganesh. Ganesh started lifting her head out of the water in a behavior called spy hopping. This gave us a chance to see the raw scraping on the right jaw of Ganesh as well the white barnacle scars on the lower jaw.
There was a mother and calf pair in the area, but we have not been able to identify this individual yet, We also had an active pair of humpbacks just as we left the area. One or both individuals breached out of the water off our stern. We took some distant shots of this pair and were able to identify one of the individuals as a whale named Pumba. We headed back towards this pair to see if these animals would remain active, but they soon settled down.
All in all a fabulou day out on the water. At least 10 humpback whales in the area include: Circuit, Spirit, Convict, Ganesh and Pumba. Seabirds include greater shearwaters and common terns.