Sunday, July 09, 2006

Hungry Humpback Whales

July 6, 2006

We head out early this morning towards the area in Stephen's Channel where we left the bubble-net feeding humpbacks late last night. Our luck holds as the day is sunny and bright and the whales are very close to where we left them. There are five animals today who cast bubble-net after bubble-net for the entire day. Dropping the hydrophone yields absolutely no feeding sounds whatsoever - complete humpback silence - a first for us! One animal has lost almost half of its' right fluke and the wound is very fresh with no scarring. Looks like a recent run-in with a large vessel has left this propeller scar...ouch! At one point we are even treated to a series of breaches by three of the five feeders!







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