Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Whale Watch - Naturalist Krill Carson

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Mother and calf logging (resting) at the surface.

As we headed to the southern end of the bank, we picked up a pair of humpbacks that turned out to be a mother and calf pair. Both individuals were logging, or resting, at the water’s surface. This resting behavior is often seen by humpback whales who can float effortlessly at the water’s surface due to the large amount of blubber (fat) under the skin. As mother and calf continued to rest, we slowly and quietly moved off to the north to pick up other whale that we had seen in the distance.

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Humpback whale just under the water.

Our next sighting was a group of humpbacks that were feeding deep. We were able to identify these individuals as Pele, Jabiru and calf, Cajun and calf, and Twine. It was fun to see these animals coordinating their movements as they fed together as a unit. At one point in time, the group surfaced right off our prof side, giving us amazing looks at the animals.

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Cajun fluking out.

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Cajun’s ventral tail pattern.

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Exhalation.

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Jabiru fluking out.

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Jabiru’s ventral tail pattern.

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Pele and Cajun.

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Pele’s ventral tail pattern.

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Cajun

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Calf.

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Calf flippering.

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Calf

The calf was getting quite active as the adults were feeding deep. The calf rolled over and lifted its flipper out of the water in a behavior called flipper slapping and even lobtailed just off our bow. We love seeing mothers and calves doing so well, and having two mother and calf pairs in this group made for many exciting moments.

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Pele.

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