Another amazing day at Auke Bay. When I first arrived I instantly noticed four sea lions swimming around the docks among a large school of herring. Approximately 30 minutes after I arrived, the whale appeared. It spent some time swimming around the docks like the previous days, but then it began lunge feeding right next to boats and docks. It lunged twice roughly 20 feet away from where I was standing. On two occasions I was able to clearly see the whales entire body under the water. I could see its long pectoral fins and fluke. It was such an amazing experience! The whale stayed in the area for approximately an hour and a half. After it left, I noticed the herring and the sea lions were gone.
I did not have my camera with me. I am extremely disappointed that I did not get any photos; however, I am thrilled that I was able to see the whale with my own two eyes. I did manage to get one terrible cell phone video.
The humpback that has been swimming around the docks in Auke Bay for over a week now is still at it. I waited for approximately one hour before I started seeing it out in the bay. It made its way to the docks and swam around them for 20 minutes or so. At one point it surfaced right in front of me. It should be noted that there are large schools of herring in the water.
For the past week I have been seeing photos of a humpback swimming around the docks in Auke Bay. I decided I better check it out. I took our 600mm telephoto lens thinking if it were still in the area I would likely see it from a distance. Much to my surprise it was still in the area and it surfaced approximately ten feet away from where I was standing on one of the docks. Wrong camera lens but amazing experience. I also observed several sea lions in the area, and others have been photographing groups of harbor seals hauled out on the docks.