Soon out in the distance we spotted two blows. They were close together; great a pair of whales! Oh no, not at all the case. Instead, once we got closer the pair split off and a third whale was seen in the area. Three Fin whales all darting back and forth. It was a bit tricky to figure out which whale was which and where they all were so we could maneuver through the area without disturbing any of these whales. Eventually we figured out at least the pair we had seen from afar. It was #9904 and her calf. Once again these two animals were together for a split second before heading out in different directions. We ended up seeing Mom surface, though sporadically, much more frequently than the calf who kept surfacing out in the distance.
|Fin whale #9904|
Eventually we got a few looks at our Fin whales and with our friends aboard the Prince of Whales not too far away with other whale activity we ventured towards them. A Humpback whale was in the area. This animal was also being a bit squirrely as it would come up only for a couple breaths before diving down into the water column once again. However, soon the whale chaos began. While we sat waiting for the Humpback whale to resurface, #9904 surfaced just behind the boat! Out of nowhere she too had moved into this area and so we got the best looks at her in that moment. Then the Humpback whale surfaced and was matched in the catalog as being a two-year old named Mountain. Another new Humpback for the season.
|Mountain, a whale that was just given it's name this past month!|
|Final look at a jumping Atlantic white-sided dolphin|
Thanks to our great whale-spotting passengers this morning a spout was seen out in the distance. One spout turned into two and soon we had a pair of large Fin whales moving alongside the boat. As we spent time with the whales a small group of ~6 Atlantic white-sided dolphins also appeared in close proximity before continuing on in their travel pattern. We stayed with our two Fin whales that had very distinct dorsal fins which we were not able to match up with any of the whales we have in our on-board Fin whale catalog but will definitely help in identifying them again in the future.
|Our Fin whale pair (above and below)|
|Our Fin whales at the surface together|
With some fantastic looks at our pair we got word from a fishing boat a few miles away of a bit more whale activity. We decided to check it out before heading home to see just what was out there. A few minutes later we saw what is was as it had leaped clear out of the water. A Humpback whale had breached! Turns out it was Cardhu and her calf as one more distant breach and a tail-breach later we were in the area. No more aerial activity was seen but even from a distance it was very cool watching a whale propel its body high above the waterline!
|Cardhu at the surface as her calf moves back in towards Mom|
|Cardhu's large tail|