We spent a few hours in our boat and observed three humpbacks traveling separately from each other. The first whale looked to be fairly close to Skull Island, and was too far away to photograph. The second was near Fritz Cove, and the third was in Auke Bay.
We observed a small pod of orcas near Point Retreat. There were three to five animals in the pod. They were elusive and difficult to track. We also observed three humpbacks and a pod of Dall's porpoise (no photos) in the same general area.
These were transient (mammal eaters) orcas. T065A and T65A2 have been identified. Many thanks to Northern Resident Orca Population for identifying these whales for me.
A pod of five orcas were observed near Point Retreat. As we came into the area we noticed a large number of gulls flying around and landing on the water. After a few minutes we realized there were orcas in the same area as the gulls. We quickly determined that the orcas must have recently made a kill, which attracted the gulls. As we were moving closer to the area, but still approximately 200 to 300 yards away from the pod, we were shocked to see one of the orcas making a beeline for our boat. We quickly put our motor in neutral and watched in amazement as it circled our boat for two to three minutes. It then left and went back to the rest of the pod. The pod stayed in the area, clearly feeding based on the bird activity. At times they appeared to be celebrating and socializing with breaching and tail slapping. As we were watching the orcas, a humpback whale surfaced and passed by.
The pod has been identified as the T124Ds and T124A2s. These are transient (mammal eaters) orcas. Many thanks to Northern Resident Orca Population for identifying these whales for me.
This was a new experience for us. One we surely never will forget.
Three humpbacks were observed in north pass near Shelter Island, and a small pod of harbour porpoise were observed near point retreat.
Four humpbacks were observed near Point Retreat. They were surfacing and diving.
Four humpbacks were observed near point retreat. The whales were surfacing and diving separate from each other.
We observed a group of eight to twelve humpbacks cooperatively bubble feeding together. I was able to get several fluke photos.
One (perhaps two) humpbacks were observed near Vanderbilt Reef. The sighting was very brief, but it looked as though it was a mom and calf.
One (perhaps two) humpbacks were observed in the Gastineau Channel very near the float plane docks. I believe I saw two spouts, but the whales disappeared and I was unable to determine if there were actually two. Poor photo quality due to distance.