As mentioned in yesterday’s post it was an active day for the humpback whales. Our lunch break is often in the area of Bold Head where we set up a table in the boat and drift with the tide and the whales. With the motor turned off and no noise but the water lapping against the boat we often have visitors. On this whale watching tour we had a humpback whales lunge feed directly behind the boat. As you can see humpback whales are baleen feeders straining water through their baleen. Note also the white of the pectoral fin extending beneath the back of the boat. The whales know our exact position but as our motor is turned off we are not a threat rather like a drifting log.
Whale watching over the past five years has become more interesting as the number of humpback whales in our viewing area has increased from four or five to twelve on a normal day. On this day the first head of blonde hair is to give you perspective for the closeness of the humpback whales lunge feeding through a balls of herring. One whale has not completed its lunge out of the water and the other to the left side of the picture is just starting to poke its head out of the water. If I had waited about ten seconds it would have been a great photo but that is the reason we normally spend several hours with the humpbacks so you can get the “good” photo. My excuse is it is hard to run the boat and take good pictures.
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