What a fantastic day - we saw 19 whales and a shark! There were blows everywhere - our summer intern, Zelia, and I were amazed at how many whales we were seeing right near us, and how many were off in the distance!
We started off our afternoon watching Sei whales circling and zig-zagging through the water in search of prey. These whales have a very distinctive, sickle-shaped dorsal fin, which is one way we can distinguish them from a fin whale. They are also slightly smaller than fin whales. In total, we saw 14 Sei whales on today's trip!
|Sometimes, we could follow the Sei whales by their flukeprints!|
|Fin Whale, showing its distinctive white lower jaw|
Then we saw more blows in the distance, and a tail - a humpback whale! It was Striation, the 4-year old calf of Pepper. Striation was obviously feeding on krill - indicated by the bright red whale poop that followed almost every time this whale lifted its tail!
With calm seas and warm weather, the day couldn't have been much better. Thanks to all who joined us!
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