|Sand lance flying|
|Baleen and big mouths full of water and fish|
|Impressive bubble cloud|
Eventually, a nearby trio joined powers with our trio and began creating enormous bubble nets! Again, two of them were regulars (Samara and Aswan), but one I did not recognize. I found it very interesting that these were all single whales. We have seen many mothers with their calves just about every day but, today they were nowhere to be seen. Hopefully, they were in one of the nearby groups so we will continue to see them in the coming days.
After looking very closely at my photos while trying to ID the two unknowns, I noticed that one of them had a recent entanglement injury on its peduncle. Whales will often become wrapped and entangled in fixed fishing gear such as lobster pots and gill nets. The freshness of the wound indicates that the entanglement most likely occurred within the past few days or so. Sometimes they can free themselves of the entanglements but, other times entanglements inhibit them from feeding freely. The deep gauges can also cause infection which may lead to death. It’s great to see that Weathervane, this second unknown, was triumphant in freeing itself. This scar will become evidence of one of possibly many entanglements this whale will encounter throughout its life.
|Entanglement injury along the tail of Weathervane|
|At one point during today's feeding frenzy, a young man on the port pulpit even got a selfie with Osprey!|
— Tasia, photos and naturalist