We began our trip by seeing some large "explosions" on the horizon- at least 5 miles ahead of us. We were pretty certain that the ocean doesn't just explode on its own and knew that this was the sign of a very active, and large, whale! As we approached, the explosions continued but now we could see specifically what was creating them- Two humpback whales, Clamp and her calf! For our blog followers, you know that we saw this pair yesterday afternoon and they were sleeping! Today was a very different day. The calf repeatedly jumped out of the water while mother Clamp just hung out. It was a beautiful sight!
|A curious and energetic young humpback whale!|
|Owl's large scar|
Sadly, now it was time to go home. We started to go and saw a minke whale scoot by quickly. Also we were passing by several huge patches of bait fish, likely small herring (a humpback's favorite meal). Just a bit to the south, we saw another spout. Sure it was time to go but curiosity got the better of us and we went to check it out. After some searching, and several low-angled looks at the flukes we finally determined this last humpback whale to be Halfmoon, a 34 year old male! Halfmoon appeared to be feeding as he would race to a patch of fish, dive down, blow a cloud of bubbles around the fish, and then come up in the middle of the bubbles and fish! Must be lunch time!
|Halfmoon feeding in a bubble cloud|
|Bait fish at the surface!|
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