Friday, October 2, 2020

October 1-2, 2020

Thursday, October 1, we took a small group of students out to find some whales!  After searching high and low, we ended up not finding a single whale! Where did they go?  If only we knew....

Friday, October 2, a little luck (as well as a hot report from a fishing boat) helped us out. We got to the location where the report of 2 whales came from and didn't see anything, but the captain of the fishing boat said they appeared to be heading north. So we changed course and began to track them. Eventually, 8 miles later, we found a pair of humpback whales zooming to the north! Soon after we found them, they changed course and slowed down allowing us some nice views as well as some ID shots. Our travelling whales were known as Decimal and Tongs, both new whales to our area this season! 

Two whales under the boat!

Two humpback whales

Humpback whale diving

Also in passing, we spotted a grey seal and a harbor seal as well as hundreds of great shearwaters, a northern fulmar, a pomerine jaeger, and an immature king eider (Thanks, Steve!).

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