A humpback was observed in Fritz Cove close to the North Douglas boat launch. I watched it from the shore for approximately one hour. The whale would swim in toward the end of the cove, come back out, then swim back in toward the end. On two occasions I saw a group of gulls circling and diving in the water so I assumed there was herring in the water. There were two sea lions in the area as well.
A humpback was observed near the shores of Admiralty Island. We were in Fritz Cove and were too far away from it to get any photos.
I was standing in the right spot on the dock when the whale surfaced right in front of me and dove. This was only the second time I have seen it display the underside of its fluke. The photograph is not perfect, but I believe the whale is #1443, aka Dot Spot (www.juneauflukes.org.)
The humpback is still in the area. The water is thick with herring which is bringing in all sorts of wildlife, including the whale. It has been quite thrilling to watch.
We spent more time boating in Auke Bay and Fritz Cove. Before we could leave the harbor in Auke Bay, we spotted a humpback in the bay. We last saw it moving toward the docks.
Photos taken with a 600mm telephoto lens.
We spent some time in our boat in Fritz Cove and immediately spotted a humpback upon our arrival. After watching it for a few minutes it dove and disappeared. Approximately ten minutes after the humpback dove, I observed a pod of orcas. We watched them in Fritz Cove for roughly 20 minutes. They were last seen swimming toward the west side of Douglas Island. The orcas have been identified as the T37As and T38s. They are transient orcas. Many thanks to Northern Resident Orca Population for identifying these whales for me.
Photos were taken with a 600mm telephoto lens.
We went for a boat ride in Auke Bay and observed a humpback swimming just outside of the docks. I am assuming it is the same whale that has been in the area for the last two weeks.