Whale watching – Florence and Ray 6

very close whale
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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.