He has been identified as T040, aka Captain Hook. Photos are blurry due to distance.
A small pod of orcas were observed near Vanderbilt reef. Unfortunately the pod separated before we could get near them, and I was only able to photograph a juvenile male. He was difficult to track, as he was moving quickly, zigzagging, and porpoising out of the water. Suddenly he began slapping his tail and breaching. A flock of gulls appeared out of nowhere and began circling the area. I believe he made a kill.
We eventually made our way into north pass of Shelter Island and saw two humpbacks.
On two separate occasions throughout the day we saw pods of Dall's porpoise near Vanderbilt reef.
AG pod of the Alaskan residents were encountered (again) in Chatham Strait near Mansfield Peninsula. Individual whales have been identified. Many thanks to Northern Resident Orca Population for identifying these whales for me.
At least three humpbacks were seen lunge feeding in the same area that the orcas were observed. There was so much whale activity going on in the area at the same time, it was hard to know which way to look. We also encountered several humpbacks throughout the day, and saw a group of possibly six who were cooperatively feeding together near Sisters Reef. I was only able to get long distance photos of three of the whales. It was a great day to be on the water!
A pod of orcas were observed in Lynn Canal close to Gull Island. As we sat and watched them, the pod approached us and swam underneath our boat. It was an amazing experience! There appeared to be a young calf with the pod. It was very small and still had a peachy coloring to it. A positive ID has not been made, but I have reason to believe the orcas were AG pod of the Alaska residents.
Throughout the day we saw six humpbacks near Shelter Island. We also saw a pod of Dall's porpoise, although I was unable to get any pictures of the porpoise.
The two species were seen at the same time. The orcas were spread apart and very elusive. The sighting lasted for roughly five minutes. The photos are blurry due to distance
From the west side of Douglas Island, a pod of orcas were observed. The sighting was very brief and they were at least one mile away from me. Photographs are blurry due to distance.
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.
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.
The day started out with a breaching humpback in Annette Bay. The whale breached approximately four or five times. Once it stopped breaching, it began swimming north through Nichols Passage. It was then that it became apparent that there were actually two or maybe three whales together. I was never able to get a photograph of the three whales at the surface together, but observed spouting that indicated at least two whales.
Approximately 15 minutes after losing sight of the humpbacks, a pod of five orcas were observed swimming south through Nichols Passage. We launched our boat and spotted the pod near Annette Island across from Mountain Point. The pod then moved into George Inlet. While observing them in George Inlet, we noticed spouting a half mile to one mile away from the first pod further in George Inlet. There were approximately eight orcas in the second pod. We were able to identify T68 and T68A in the first pod, as we photographed them on March 16, 2016. I am assuming the second pod were transients as well given their close proximity to each other.
As we were heading out of George Inlet, a humpback surfaced in front of our boat. It appeared to be moving in the same direction as the orcas. We waited for ten minutes in the hopes of getting a photograph, but we never saw the whale surface again.
I cannot help but wonder if the two species encountered each other. The humpback appeared to be very large, so I believe it was a full grown adult. I would really like to know if anything occurred back in George Inlet.
A small pod of orcas were seen in Nichols Passage. They were very far away and appeared to be swimming north when I first spotted them. They disappeared for approximately ten minutes and then reappeared and were swimming south toward mountain point. They surfaced for three to five minutes and then vanished. There appeared to be three to five whales in the pod, but it was very challenging to determine due to distance and their elusive behavior. I was able to take many photos, but they are grainy due to distance which may make obtaining a positive identification of the pod impossible.