This morning we were off again to similar locations where we had some whales yesterday. Coming into the area we slowed down, took a really good look around, and saw a spout. We meandered over to the area and in the process saw another spout off our left-hand side. We had two Fin whales in the area: Streak and Comet. Suddenly a Minke whale popped up in the mix. We were watching Streak move around the area and were noticing both Fin whales suddenly appeared to start to moving in towards each other. We looked out in the distance to see where their movements were about to take them and that's when we knew something potentially awesome was about to happen. We could see patches of ocean water appear to be bubbling at the surface. Usually tides and currents cause sections of ocean to make interesting water movements on the surface but this was no tide. Large patches of herring were breaking the surface.
|The dark area in the photo is a large school of herring creating a disturbance on the surface of the flat calm ocean|
|Herring attempting to swim in every direction but into the darkness of a whale's mouth!|
A third Fin whale, out of nowhere was spotted charging on into the same area and soon we had 3 Fin whales circling around, a couple Minke whales surfacing, and lots of white water being created.
|White water created as a Fin whale lunges just below the ocean's surface charging after the schooling fish!|
|A Fin rolled over on it's right side with it's left flipper above the waterline (creating the trail of white water) as this whale can be seen with its lower jaw fulled extended outwards capturing lots of food in its mouth! And yes, that is a single herring jumping over the whale avoiding being lunch!|
|The aftermath of the whale lunging through the water just off our pulpit as the whale rights itself and filters out all the salt water from its mouth|
|Streak the Fin whale just under the surface as this whale swam alongside the boat before finally surfacing for a breath of air (above and below)|
Times like these is why we truly say we never know what we are going to see when we go out whale watching. Even though these same whales have been seen in the same general area over the course of the last few days their behaviors can change at any moment and we as researchers, biologists, and overall general huge fans of these wild animals continue to enjoy the opportunity to share every trip's experience with all of our passengers.
Our morning trip ended and our afternoon trip began with a stop at Boon Island to check out some of the seals in the area.
|Seals at Boon Island|
|Fin whale #0282|
|#0282 with Boon Island in the background|
Once again one day out on the water watching wildlife can and does prove to be unique each and every time.
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