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Humpback Whales skim-feeding!

April 28th: Surface skimming HUMPBACKS!!! There has been an abundance of krill in the Bay lately and yesterday’s tour got to witness Humpback Whales skim-feeding along the surface! This behavior is most often seen by Blue Whales and Fin Whales whose primary diet is krill! Typically, Humpbacks in this area feed below the surface in the water column or in fast bursts of lunging at the surface on anchovies, so it was very interesting to see this pair slowly skimming the surface picking up pockets of krill! In total we saw 12+ Humpback Whales, including our surface skimming pair, and a Southern Sea Otter using its favorite rock to open a clam!

Photos & text by Sydney Minges

Southern Sea Otter

Humpback Whales skim-feeding

Humpback Whales skim-feeding

Humpback Whale tail-slap

Humpback Whale skim-feeding, great shot of baleen

Common Murre

Humpback Whales

Humpback Whale blowhole

Humpback Whales feeding

Humpback Whale skim-feeding

Humpback Whale diving

Humpback Whale fluke

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whales skim-feeding

Humpback Whale wide open mouth!

Monica Reynolds | Thu, May 4, 2023 2:01 PM