Thursday morning’s Whale Watch got rained out, but by the time the Whales and Cocktails at Sunset Cruise was ready to board the storm had passed. Our first Humpback sighting on this cruise was way north of the harbor, when we saw a lone whale’s flukes as he took a dive. We motored over to where we last saw him and after about 13 minutes, he surfaced and spouted several times, before diving again. We watched through two more cycles of surfacing, spouting, and diving before we had to turn the boat around and head back to the harbor.
Have a great weekend…I’ll send you a recap of our weekend’s sightings on Monday.
Captain Claire’s Humpback Fact of the Day: When you see the spout from a whale, you’re actually looking at an interesting combination of things. Some of what you’re looking at is condensation from the whales’ lungs (the same thing you’re looking at when you see your own breath after exhaling in a cold environment); some is atomized ocean water (Humpbacks live in a wet world, and there’s always some of the ocean pooled on top of their blow holes when they surface); and…since Humpbacks don’t have cilia in their respiratory tracts (little hairs)…a lot of what you see (and occasionally feel) is actually mucus! Yuck!