Whale Watching

July 16th, 2010

Yesterday, we were fortunate enough to have a friend take us out on their boat to do some whale watching. We left Auke Bay in the afternoon, and headed out looking for whales coming up for air.

Humpback Whale Blowing

The best way to spot them is to look for their spouts when they clear their blow-holes so that they can breath.

Humpback Whale

We only saw a small portion of the humongous mammals, but even their humped backs (hence the name, humpback whale) were large enough to appreciate their size.

Humpback Whale

During every surfacing, we always hoped that they would bring up their tail and splash it down in the water. We never got any huge splashes, but we did see several tails rise up out of the water.

Humpback Whale Tail

In addition to the tails, we saw one whale who was rolling in the water a little bit, stretching and waving one of its flippers up out of the water.

Humpback Whale

The highlight of the trip for me was probably when we saw a mother cow with her calf. We watched the pair swim together for a few moments before they vanished from sight under the water.

Humpback Cow and Calf

In total, we probably spotted 5-6 whales during our two hour trip, but combined with the excitement of the sightings and the beauty of the mountainous surroundings, it was a wonderful excursion.

One Response to “Whale Watching”

  1. Maryn Says:

    Really nice shots of the whales. So beautiful!