|Pinball's calf lobtailing, belly up!|
We got quick looks at a couple minke whales as we neared Jeffreys Ledge, and then learned from a fishing vessel that there were two other whales nearby - we headed a little further offshore to find Pinball, one of our adoptable humpbacks, and her calf! Pinball was born in 1989 and we see her almost every year, so we were excited to find them!
And it wasn't too hard to find them - the calf was very busy lobtailing (slapping its tail on the water), and could easily be seen from a distance!
|The calf, belly-up lobtailing, with Pinball in front|
As we approached, the calf kept lobtailing, and we realized that it was lying on its back, basically lobtailing upside-down! This continued for a long time - and when we got closer, the calf did too, and came over and appeared to check us out while Pinball surfaced nearby.
|The calf comes in closer|
|Pinball's distinctive fluke|
As we were watching Pinball and her calf (her 6th calf, who will be named after it is seen in a subsequent year), we also spotted a couple minke whales - we had 6 minkes total for the day.
|Pinball and calf|