Thursday, April 07, 2011
And breaching baby humpback whales too!
One of the nicknames we have for the minke whales are ninja whales. They’re the whale that pops up once and then disappears. Just last week we had a minke whale come up to the boat and it was far from acting like a ninja.
Overall this has got to be one of the most exciting whale watching years I’ve ever been a part of. We’ve had a tremendous amount of gray whale sightings, as well as blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and even sperm whales. Within that we’ve seen whales mating, a whale giving birth, and tons of breaching! Holy cow, there’s a lot going on. And on top of all of that, last week one of the minke whales decided to come up and play with the boat!
Minke whales have always been known to be very curious. However, we’ll see the minke whale pop up once and then disappear most of the time. Last week when this minke popped up, he was acting like anything but the ninja we know them for. It came right up to the boat, rolled over and looked right up at everyone. It spent quite a bit of time with the boat before it went down and wasn’t seen again. I’ve always wondered when the minke whale “disappears” if it’s really watching us and we just don’t know it. I wouldn’t be surprised for how curious they seem to be at times!
This isn’t the first close encounter we’ve had out here with minke whales although this is probably the longest and closest we’ve seen a minke. Others around here have also had close encounters. Last year there was a paddle boarder that was crossing the channel from Catalina and a minke whale came and swam right next to her for two hours! Videos showed it rolling in circles and blowing bubbles next to her. I can only imagine how spectacular that was.
Even though the minke whale is the smallest baleen whale that we’ll see, they sure can give a great show. Not to mention, if we are going to see humpback whales, now is the time of year where we see them. Just yesterday they saw a calf breaching! If you’re interested in searching for some entertaining marine mammals, they’ve been giving us quite the show!
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