The winds were pretty crazy on Monday, but we did manage to find whales on our Breakfast with the Whales Cruise. As usual when it’s really windy, it was difficult to get anywhere near the whales, but Captain Will did an exceptional job maneuvering the boat, and onboard naturalists Mike and Logan were able to fill the guests in on all the information we’ve shared with you all season in these reports. Guests saw some spouts (though they dissipated really quickly in the wind) and some dorsal fins and flukes. We just have one more day for our Whale Watch season, so I’ll send my end of the year report to you tomorrow.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: Not all whaling activity occurred during the “golden age of whaling” at the beginning of the 19th century. Based on catch records corrected for illegal Soviet whaling, a total of more than 200,000 Humpback Whales were killed in the Southern Hemisphere from 1904 to 1980. Also, Illegal Soviet takes of 25,000 Humpback Whales in two seasons (1959/60 and 1960/61) precipitated a population crash and the closure of land stations in Australia and New Zealand.