Pacific white-sided dolphins are only one of the many mammals often viewed on the whale watching day. Dolphins tend to travel in pods of several hundred the largest pod I have come across was between fifteen hundred and two thousand. This was in the late fall and they appeared to be heading out of the area. The pods we encounter in the summer are playful and come to our boats out of curiosity. In this case we were stationary as the dolphins were following another of our boats. At other times they will pass beneath our bow while we move along side a large pod.
This is the reason to park the boat in the area of a bait ball but not on top of the ball. A humpback whales is very aware of its surroundings but I do not wish to test their awareness with the bottom of my boat because I think we might lose. Although it appears that this lunging humpback missed many of the herring it must have got enough to satisfy itself because there was not a second lunge.Visit our Blog