The humpback whale fluked in the distance and we were able to quickly identify it as a familiar whale named Echo. We spend a good amount of time with Echo as see was fluking and deep feeding consistently.
|Spar (right) and her calf with unusual scars|
|Owl's calf's fluke|
We heard rumors over the radio of a SECOND mother calf pair in the area so we moved a couple miles away to find humpback whale Owl and calf! Owl’s calf was busy rolling and flipper slapping for a small whale watch vessel nearby. It was great for passengers to see different behaviors from a calf in one trip. We got some nice looks at Owl’s fluke and her calf also did a nice tail flick for us.
|Owl's scar is visible|
Owl has some deep scarring on her dorsal side. It is unfortunate to see significant scarring on two whales in the same trip, but it is a reminder we share space with them and brings up great discussion on conservation measures. This fall has been excellent and we hope it keeps up for as long as possible!