Grizzly Bear Lodges whales watching tours leave the lodge at 7:30 or 8:00, depending on the time of the year, and travel to the area of Johnstone Strait between Vancouver Island and mainland BC. AS on every tour from the lodge we are always looking for black bears on the way to wherever we are going. The area off Bold Head was the place to be for humpback whales. This photo shows Ray with their movie camera getting a great show from a breaching humpback. Normally hard to get a “non movie camera” photo but on this day it was not a problem.
This past summer more of the humpback whales viewed were doing a vertical lunge. The whale would come up slowly with its mouth wide open and often remain as shown in this photo and slowly rotate in a circle for up to a minute. It would then slowly close its mouth, hopefully full of herring, and sink below the surface. It must have worked because it was viewed often over the summer.
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