We only ran one Whale Watch over the weekend — our Mid-Morning Whale Watch Cruise on Saturday. The weather was great, and the Humpbacks seemed to find our boat worthy of attention. Though we stopped, as always, 100 yards from where the whales were surfacing, a competitive pod decided to swim all around us and under us multiple times. And when all these whales turn and swim under us again and again, it seems as if the whale in the lead (generally a female being chased by males) is USING us to evade the others…which is definitely ok with us! When our pod wasn’t charging all over the place, we got to see multiple pectoral slaps close by, and lots of spouts and flukes as the whales surfaced and sounded.
Ocean Sports Whale Fact of the Day: When we see a Humpback wave his pectoral flipper, it looks really floppy — as if there were no bones inside it at all. But if you were to x-ray that flipper, surprisingly, you’d find all the same bones and joints that we have in our arms — all the way down to the smallest digits of our fingers. According to researcher Spencer Wilkie Tinker, Humpbacks are missing what would be the third finger on a human.