Humpback whales are identified by the underside and trailing edge of their tail flukes; each one is different just like a fingerprint. In British Columbia humpbacks are given a letter as part of their identification to categorize their fluke based on color. X animals have mostly black tails with less than 20% white on their fluke, Y animals have a fluke that is 20-60% white, while Z animals have more than 60% of their fluke white. Humpback whales often show these tails, or ‘fluke’ while diving, making them ideal candidates for photo-identification projects. This photo is of a humpback that we frequently see on our whale watching tours, it is called ‘Guardian’.
.. and I remember this morning because as the bears turned and came toward our boat I knew that if I did not move into deeper water and give them room they would have turned into the estuary. If that happened we would not have had the good viewing and photo opportunities which occurred. The distance to the grizzly mother and cubs less than thirty meters (yards).Visit our Blog