We spent some time in our boat and spotted multiple humpbacks near the mouth of Taku Harbor. They were in every direction that we looked. I am guessing there were close to thirty whales. We briefly stopped and watched five that were surfacing and diving together. I believe there was a calf with the group as well. It was much smaller and would surface before the rest of the group. I was unable to get a fluke photo of the calf.
We spent some time on our boat and saw multiple humpbacks in the North Pass area. They were seemingly everywhere. I believe there were at least 20 in the area. I was able to get fluke shots of eight of them, and was surprised to see that there were several that we are unfamiliar with. After spending time watching the humpbacks, we spotted a large pod of orcas near Gull Island. They were heading south toward Lena Point. They were very playful and super fun to watch. We saw one breach and multiple tail slaps. I was excited to discover that it was AF22 pod (residents). We saw them for the very first time 11 days ago.
The pod was spread apart and pretty elusive at first. They would surface and dive for long periods of time. They eventually came together and were easier to track. At first I thought they were transients, but I eventually found out that this was AF22 pod (residents). This was the first time we have seen this pod.
We spotted a large pod of orcas just north of Amalga Harbor. The pod was spread out, but eventually came together and began socializing. We watched as they rolled around, slapped their tails, and we got to see a couple of spyhops. The pod was identified as AG pod of the Alaska Resident Orcas. A few individuals have been identified.
As we were coming back from Icy Strait, we spotted a large group of bubble net feeding humpbacks. There appeared to be between 10 to 15 whales in the group. Yet again, there was a calf was following the group. I managed to get fluke photos of several whales.
We spent some time on our boat and found many humpbacks in North Pass, including a group of bubble net feeders. There appears to be a calf following the group of bubble feeders around. There is some thought that the calf belongs to Stamp. Also, we have not seen bubble feeding for two years. We saw only one bubble net session and then they continued to swim around the area. Perhaps they were not finding what they were looking for. There was another calf in the area as well. We stopped and watched it while it played with some kelp.
We spent time in our boat and saw five humpbacks near north pass, including #1538, Flame and her calf along with #1447, Juneauite and what appeared to be a calf. This is the first time I have seen Juneauite this year. There also appeared to be a couple of humpbacks near Favorite Reef.
As we were heading in, we spotted a pod of orcas (approximately seven) near Point Retreat. The pod of transients were moving quickly and diving for long periods of time, making them extremely difficult to track.
I have submitted photos to happywhale.com and am waiting to hear back from them as far as ID's go.
Observed four or five humpbacks near Favorite Reef, including Flame #1538 and her calf.