The photos were taken from our deck with a 300mm lens that wasn't quite powerful enough to get good fluke shots. These pics are in Annette Bay. I put "x" on the mist from the spouts, and it appears there were 3-4 whales out there. If so, this is the first time we've seen them in groups since the fall.
Today we snuck out between squalls to go get a glimpse of the humpback activity we've been seeing from shore between Race Point and Spire Island. We observed on humpback that was lingering back and forth VERY close to the shoreline. No flukes, I'm assuming not diving too deep. We spent about 20 minutes watching it and it never left this 200 yard section of shoreline. In the same area, there were 10 or more sea lions in some sort of continual frenzy very close to shore. Not sure what was going on, but it was interesting.
With no fluke shots, we have no way of knowing if this is the same whale we saw in the area recently. Comparing dorsal fin patterns, it doesn't appear to be the same whale.
Three orca, one male, observed from our deck. They surfaced twice, heading NW into Nichols Passage, then gone. No memory card in camera........ooops. Close to shore near the highway.
Same location as previous post. Again, poor photo taken at dusk a long ways out. Hoping to get out on the water in the coming days to hopefully get a good fluke shot to see if this is the same one we've been seeing all week. Easier said than done this time of year. Whale in lower left corner. Annette Bay behind with the road to Metlakatla above.
Solo humpback lingering near the mouth of Annette Bay doing similar behavior to the previous post. Coming to the surface, taking 4-5 breaths, then diving. Poor photo, as whale was quite a ways away.
Multiple spouts viewed near the north east tip of Annette Island/Annette Bay area. Viewed from near Mountain Point while walking on the bike path. No pictures.
It took 35 miles and four hours before we spotted a lone humpback at Reef Point. It was coming up for air for 4-5 breaths before diving. Typical pattern was the whale coming up for 2-3 breaths, then it would change direction, take another breath or two, then dive. It was definitely lingering in a 1/4 mile area around Reef Point.
Pics were after sunset, had to push the ISO to 1600, so they are grainy and a bit blurry due to the low light.
Amazing video from Oasis Alaska Charters of a solo humpback bubble feeding literally right next to the Clover Pass docks.