Male Humpbacks acting out during Mating Season

Monday’s Whale Watch trips were a lot of fun. On our 8:00 Breakfast with the Whales cruise, guests saw 23 different whales, but we spent most of our time with a Cow/calf pod who had attracted the interest of two males. We were able to determine who was the primary escort, and watched his attempts to keep the other whale away. Meanwhile, Mom and baby seemed to want nothing to do with either of them, and Mom used our boat a couple of times as a blocking aid. We saw a double breach, 3 single breaches, and a couple of pectoral slaps from the adults, and then a couple of half-completed tail lobs and a really small pec slap from the baby. When we deployed the hydrophone, we heard a couple of whales loud and clear! On our 10:00 Whale Watch we saw 13 whales. 4 tail lobs, 5 breaches. a pec slap and 2 peduncle throws. We also saw Spinner Dolphins and heard some great whale songs when we deployed the hydrophone. Things seemed to quiet down in the afternoon, but guests aboard our 3:00 Whales and Cocktails cruise saw 12 whales, 3 pec slaps and had 2 whales swim so close by that we could hear them breathing!
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Humpback Whale Fact of the Day: Researchers report that Humpbacks in Alaska can consume a ton of food in a day. Their diet consists mainly of very small fish like herring — based on the calorie count of herring, a Humpback in Alaska is consuming 1,500,000 calories each day!
Captain Claire

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