We spent some time in our boat and spotted two whales near Favorite Reef, as well as a mom and calf pair in Favorite Channel.
We spent some time in our boat and had two very brief encounters with one humpback and two orcas. The orcas were super elusive and difficult to track. We gave up trying to find them after looking for 20 minutes. I was only able to get three photos. I did find out that others had seen a large pod, and they were identified as AG pod. I believe the two we saw were also from AG pod.
Long distant shot from shore. Observed two humpbacks traveling north. They were not traveling together.
I heard there were orcas in the channel so I headed over to the bridge and waited for them to pass by. It was snowing so my photos did not turn out as well as I would have liked them to. I was also standing on shore, so the orcas were either coming towards me or swimming away from me. It was difficult to get a good side photo of the saddle patch and dorsal fin. However, the T037s have been identified. These are transient (mammal eaters) orcas.
We were able to count five whales, including a very young calf. Three (including the calf) appeared to be socializing, as they were rolling around and spy hopping. We also saw a couple pec slaps. We thought the calf might have been nursing at one point. Also, we actually could hear them vocalizing very briefly. This was the first time we have heard orcas vocalizing. It was so neat! AG pod is a very large pod, and we only saw five individuals. I couldn't help but wonder where the rest were.
Recently I counted up the number of times I have seen orcas since moving to Southeast Alaska nearly six years ago. This was number 80! I hope there are many more to come.
I heard there were orcas in the Gastineau Channel so I raced over to the Juneau-Douglas Bridge. The pod ended up passing by as I was standing under the bridge.
I was pleasantly surprised to find AG pod (resident orcas) in Fritz Cove. I had heard there were orcas in the area and fully expected them to be transients. I watched them from shore as they passed False Outer Point and then drove to the westside of Douglas Island and was able to see them from there as well. It's always a pleasure to see this pod of lively orcas.
The whale activity in Fritz Cove has lessened, but I did spot FalseButterfly in the area along with several sea lions. It seems as though Flame has left the area. I wonder if she left for Hawaii or if she is still near Juneau?
The two whales briefly swam and dove together. The sea lions were once again feeding along side the whales.
As I was walking along the road, I found a small fish laying in the street. It was about the size of my middle finger. My best guess is that an eagle dropped it as it was flying across the road (I have seen eagles feeding in the same areas as the sea lions and whales). I cannot help but wonder if this is what the whales and sea lions have been feeding on. I am not sure, but I believe the little fish is a herring.