9 am and 2 pm Whale Watches - Krill
Here is a slideshow of images of Putter doing a spinning head breach as he heads right for our boat!
Putter settled down a bit and started lobtailing. This behavior involves lifting the fluke high out of the water and then smashing it on the surface. It makes a loud noise so perhaps it has something to do with communication. But determining the motivation of a behavior can be difficult, if not impossible. But they are fun to watch, especially these active behaviors. In between the lobtailing, Putter rolled over and would lift his flipper out of the water in a behavior called flippering or flipper slapping.
|Putter flipper slapping.|
After leaving Putter, we moved closer to Race Point and picked up at least 10 to 15 humpback whales that started surface feeding all around out vessel. What fun it was to watch these animals lunging quickly at the surface as they tried to catch as much fish as possible.
Humpback whales seen today included: Putter, Pharos, Elephant, Samara, Pogo, Fracture, Windrose, Lariat, and Reflection. We also had a few minke whales in the area as well as some amazing seabirds (Cory's shearwater, sooty shearwater, greater shearwater, manx shearwater), Wilson's storm petrel and laughing gulls.
|Ventral tail pattern of Fracture.|
2 pm trip: blog report written by Krill
Here are some video clips of the feeding humpbacks that we watched on this afternoons trip. Enjoy!
|Snare fluking out.|
|Ganesh kick feeding.|
|Ganesh surfacing mouth open through the bubbles.|