Humpbacks headed our way

WR4A blog post from the naturalist on our whale watching boat in the San Juan Islands:

“We left our dock this morning under a high marine layer which quickly burned off as we progressed to the west. We spotted several harbor porpoise in Rosario Strait. At the south side of Colville Island, we found many harbor seals hauled out. We headed out toward Canada and found three minke whales feeding on Hein Bank!

“They were taking out the bait balls and swimming in circles around the bank. We continued south toward the Olympic Peninsula. Captain Carl found us another species of whale: a humpback! Our humpback friend was heading our way and continued toward the east. We had some great looks at this animal as he passed by.

“As we departed to continue the search to the east, we saw a huge breach! It was another couple of humpbacks! These ones turned out to be our good friends: BCY0160 (Heather) and BCZ0298 (Split Fin)! They gave us some great looks as they came over to say hi! We eventually had to head back toward home port. We spotted more harbor porpoise on our way home.”

About jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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3 Responses to Humpbacks headed our way

  1. Tom Dalldorf says:

    It’s good to know you have a porpoise in life…

  2. Don Pelton says:

    Here’s another fascinating story about humpbacks, circulating today:

    Humpback whales around the globe are mysteriously rescuing animals from orcas

    Scientists are baffled at this seemingly altruistic behavior, which seems to be a concerted global effort to foil killer whale hunts.”

  3. Gail Damskey says:

    It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve witnessed these grand mammals, I am tremendously humbled each time. Mother Nature in all her glory still remains my religion of choice.

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