The strong winds and high seas of last week continued into this one, causing the Dolphing Fleet to cancel its trips on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
In the dropping swell of October 07, as many as a dozen or more humpback whales were seen feeding around the Peaked Hill Bars. Calves were seen throughout the day. Two swam right up to the side of the Dolphin X and one was flippering with its mother. Dennis Minsky reports the highlight of his day being the Dolphin X’s encounter with Hancock in the evening. She was busy nursing her calf.
Feeding continued near Peaked Hill on October 08. The schools of small fishes were so close to the surface that the humpbacks were breaking through the surface of the water with their mouths open and water streaming from the baleen. At one point, Dennis Minsky reports seeing, “sand eels rushing for their lives.”
Again, on October 09, humpback whales were seen making their living by feeding on schooling fish very close to the surface. And, as the seas picked up in the afternoon, the feeding was slowly replaced with flippering and breaching.
More feeding on October 10. Nancy Scaglione-Peck reports one humpback whale using a somewhat rare technique to corral fish together that involves breaching over its bubble clouds before slapping the surface with its tail. The whale was not identified, but Catspaw is one of the few that has used this technique in the past.
At Dolphin Fleet, we want all our passengers to know we are doing our part to protect you, our staff, and community. Your safety and well-being is the number one priority while with us. Dolphin Fleet has developed additional protocols and procedures to maintain a safer environment for our staff and guests during this time.
We have reduced our capacity for more comfort for our guests. All un-vaccinated passengers (over the age of 2) are requested to wear face masks.
Vaccinated passengers are not required to wear masks on outer decks although we highly recommend them; this is for the safety of everyone. Masks are required for all wishing to enter the enclosed cabin. Food, beverages and coolers will not be allowed onboard, with the exception of infant needs. Please visit our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for more information. We are excited to see you soon and get you out on the water for another whale watching season!