May 26th - Humpback whale research and the T101s.
On Sunday, May 26th Vancouver Island whale watch lent their boats to Keta Coastal Conservation and some lucky guests got to take part in some humpback research, featuring Heather and Raptor.
The intervals between blows was counted along with any activities that were observed at the surface, in this case we got to see a very exciting behaviour, feeding lunges!
This is when the whales lunge to the surface with their mouths open, catching any small fish and plankton that are along the way. The observation of this behaviour is uncommon in the area, but goes to show that there is enough food in the area this time of year for the humpbacks.
Once through observing the humpbacks the boats headed home, checking out seals and sea lions along the way.
In the afternoon both our boats headed out to find the whales again. Heather and Raptor were found again, still feeding in the same area as the morning trip! humpback whales will typically spend more time where the food is the most dense to get the most bang for their buck, energy-wise. Where the food is thicker, there will be more energy consumed per dive. After watching the humpbacks for a while the boat got a report of Orca in the area and headed out to see those as well!
It was the T101’s who were found travelling alongside the bell chain islands. They travelled with this pod for a while then headed back for the harbour.