August 4th - Humpback whale mania! And orcas to boot!
What an exciting day! A friend was at Neck Point, a beautiful park just north of Nanaimo, and spotted humpback whales from shore! We headed to search in that vicinity and were extremely fortunate to pick up 5 humpback whales. That's right - FIVE!
For the most part, humpback whales travel solitarily while in their northern fishing grounds, or they'll occasionally join up with a friend to forage and travel together. The relationships between multiple humpback whales associating in the Salish Sea is still a huge mystery to us and to scientists so we are thrilled at every chance we get to witness these interactions!
Humpback whales "Geometry", "Anvil", "Heather", "Split Fluke", and "Zorro" were identified by various boats throughout the day. Thanks to Keta and MERS, two non-profits that work hard to record humpback data and catalogue different flukes, we were able to identify these individuals and learn more about their histories.
The afternoon tours were even more fortunate. Not only did they get to see all of these humpback whales, they also got to watch a family of orcas! The T18's, a family of 4 whales that had been seen earlier in the week, were also seen from shore at Neck Point. Whale soup just outside of Nanaimo!