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.
The grizzlies in our grizzly bear viewing area tend to avoid eye contact as it is seen as a challenge. In this case the eye contact on the part of the bear is a challenge in that we were to close. We were in the skiff on the river and this grizzly appeared suddenly out of the bush onto the grassy estuary and started walking toward the boat. It took a few minutes for us to drift down the river past the bear as were unable to go up river because of the low tide. The bear paused as we went by and we made sure not to stare directly at the bear.
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