We spent some time exploring Fritz Cove in our zodiac and observed one humpback. The whale dove and vanished before we could get any photographs.
A small pod (two or three) of orcas were observed in the Gastineau Channel from Douglas Island. The orcas were first observed swimming north in the center of the channel across from downtown Juneau. Approximately one hour later the orcas were observed swimming south in the same area but closer to the shores of Douglas Island. The sighting was brief so I was unable to get many photos. These two have been identified as T087 and T55A.
Several hours later from the west side of Douglas Island, at least three humpbacks were observed. They appeared to be a fair distance apart from each other. We saw one long distance breach. One of whales swam fairly close to where we were and slapped its tail right in front of us. It appeared to be quite small so I am assuming it was a juvenile. Our trip to the beach was unplanned, therefore, our camera was resting peacefully at home missing out on all of the action.
A spout was observed from the north end of Douglas Island. The whale appeared to be near Young Bay. The spout was all we were able to see due to extreme distance.
While riding the ferry from Ketchikan to Juneau, approximately eight humpbacks were observed in the Clover Passage area. At least six of the whales appeared to be traveling together, with two more off on their own.
It was a bit frustrating being on the ferry rather than our boat, but it was a wonderful send off for us as we said our goodbyes to Ketchikan to start a new adventure in Juneau. When we first arrived in Ketchikan, nearly a year and a half ago, I hoped that I might get to see both humpbacks and orcas. I never imagined just how many I would see. I will forever miss the beaches, bike path, favorite boating areas, and the amazing view I had from our deck in Ketchikan. However, I look forward to observing and sharing photos of the whales I am sure I will see in Juneau.
A humpback was observed swimming north in Nichols Passage. It breached twice near the southern tip of Pennock Island. The whale was at least one mile away from where I was, but I was able to capture one breach with our 600mm lens.