Our morning departure found us lots of minke and fin whales and even a humpback whale! We began by coming across a group of about 5 minke whales all surfacing around the boat! Minkes can be elusive at times but this group was fantastic! Check out this unique dorsal fin!
|Blows of 2 fin whales|
|Fin whale #0331|
|Ladder, one of our favorite fin whales!|
As we were watching the group of huge fin whales, we noticed another blow not too far away. This turned out to be a humpback whale! However the humpback wasn't being all that cooperative for our purposes so we only caught a quick look at the whale going down.
The afternoon trip brought us some more fin whales, minkes and humpbacks! The first blow we saw belonged to what we assumed was an "uncooperative whale"- we only saw the blow once! As we got closer, we saw it again. Soon we realized why the whale was so uncooperative. It was sleeping! When whales and dolphins sleep, they rest just half of their brain at a time so they are never completely asleep like we are. Half of their brain is always awake, keeping the whale aware of its surroundings and letting it know when it needs to surface to breathe. Even though this whale was aware of us, it didn't seem to care at all that we were near. Several times it actually came closer to us, even passing right under our bow as we sat idle. It is always a humbling sight to have the second largest species on Earth visit us!
|Fin whale surfacing close!|
|Crystal coming in for a hull inspection|
Such a beautiful day on the Ledge- thanks to everyone for coming out with us today and experiencing a small piece of nature!