My dear friend, Francesca, had never seen a whale, even though she has lived here 20 years. She had a birthday that was a special number (plus one as it turns out, another story for another blog). So I told her, you are going out. It was rough seas with huge swells that would not even allow us out on the front of the boat (i would have stayed but the captain said no). People throwing up left and right, port and starboard. Luckily, we had both taken dramamine and were just fine. Also cold and foggy, so keeping my camera from fogging over and trying to get lighting right was interesting. But this lunge feeding humpback says WORTH IT!!!
Sooty Shearwaters are the dark on top and white underneath birds, caspian terns, gulls and every now and then an albatross all out there feeding. As you can see in the picture below, California Sea Lions were out there as well. All these creatures feeding off the anchovies made the sea look like it was boiling. So wonderful to watch.
This guy's eye if visible. Usually, i do not get to see enough of the top of the whale to see the eye. Loved it.
There were also pacific white sided dolphins out there. These dolphins are only sever to 8 feet in length compared to around 60 for the humpback I have had them many times ride the bow of the boats we are watching the whales on but this was my first time to witness them doing this to the whale. I have seen pictures and heard of this behavior. Just had not seen it first hand. These dolphins are fast and agile and hard to get pictures of because of it.
And i can say, "It's all flukes up for this whale" They were not showing much of this today as they anchovies they were feeding on seemed to be closer to the top and they were not diving as deep.