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When Being Late is Fine With Me!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kera

This has been another exceptional year for blue whale watching. We’ve had hundreds of sightings, seen some incredible behaviors, and had very consistent sightings. Around this time the blue whales are normally leaving the area, and the sightings become a little spotty, but the sightings have never been better. It would seem they’re a little late in making their way to the winter grounds, but you won’t hear me complaining!

In the last two weeks not only have we been seeing tons of whales, but a large variety as well. In one trip we had blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, and minke whales all feeding together. From what I hear a lot of the feeding was taking place at the surface. In addition to that there were a bunch of dolphins too. Talk about a good show!

Although we haven’t seen a huge feeding frenzy with all of the whales lately, we are still seeing them in close proximity together. We spotted the same types of whales again yesterday. There’s just so much out there, I can’t believe how different this is from last year. Although last year was great, we definitely weren’t seeing this much. I really do think each year is getting better and better.

Because there hasn’t really been a trend set for the season for blue whales, past years have shown them starting to leave around this time. It wouldn’t seem like they’re going anywhere, but there’s no way to know what the plan is or when they’re going to move on out of the area. If you’re interested in coming out, I would definitely recommend coming soon. We’re in that perfect lull where it’s not too hot and not too cold, and the whales are giving us a perfect show!

When Being Late is Fine With Me!
The ventral pleats of the blue whale are fully expanded as it engulfs krill.  | Brielle Morton
When Being Late is Fine With Me!
Another show of the blue whale with its mouth wide open.  | Brielle Morton

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