Look at all those… Heads and Tails!

Nothing frightening here. No worries. I simply wanted to share some pictures from when I went whale watching!

It is best to go whale watching at the beginning of the summer, when the whales are just returning from the warmer waters of Hawaii, where they went to mate. Humpback whales will fast, living off of body fat reserves, and forego feeding while it is mating season (talk about being committed!). So when the whales return to Alaska for food in the summer months, they are truly ravenous–it is said that whales can consume an average of about 1 to 1.5 tons of fish and krill a day!

(credit: Priscilla Ly)

Along with a few other people, I was shuttled out to the harbor at Auke Bay to board a small boat which brought us out to see the whales! I was able to experience seeing humpback whales engage in bubble net feeding–a unique feeding technique employed by the humpback whales. A group of whales will swim in a shrinking circle blowing bubbles forcing a school of fish upward. The whales will then spontaneously swim up, through the ‘bubble net’ with their mouths wide open, trapping thousands of fish in one gulp!

That day, we witnessed quite a bit of action out on the water. We never had to wait too long to see the humpback whales emerge from the water or spot water spouted from the blow holes indicating their location. We even got to see a whale breach! (Sorry guys and gals, I was a little too awe-struck to have clicked the shutter button…But feel free to click the link I left you, I’m sure it will suffice)

All in all, it was a wonderful day! Anyone else have stories to share about their whale watching experience(s)?

  5 comments for “Look at all those… Heads and Tails!

  1. Kayla Germain
    July 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    So happy you were able to go whale watching! I’ve been in Cape Cod before and it was a really cool experience, though we didn’t have quite as many whales as you. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  2. Dan
    July 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Wow! When I was a child living in California I went whale watching. I don’t really remember the whales, but I remember being on the boat and the big ropes they had. That seems like it would be less exciting than a whale, but to my young mind the ropes made quite an impression. I think we saw some dolphins, too. Humpbacks are amazing and awesome, but dolphins are gorgeous and graceful. They are so beautiful. Orcas are my favorite whale; they are like big dolphins. I miss Sea World San Diego. Sigh. You are very lucky to have seen these wonderful creatures!

    • Priscilla
      July 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Thanks for consistently reading and commenting Dan! I completely forgot to mention that I had seen porpoises that day too!

      • Dan
        July 25, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        Dolphins are beautiful, but porpoises are cute! They have a better name, too.

      • Dan
        July 25, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        Oh! Thank you for writing wonderful things for me to read and comment on! This blog needs seals, though…

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