This was another week of humpback whales cutting heavily into the populations of sand eels around. Virtually every trip reported observing various feeding techniques, including kick-feeding, the creation of bubbles, and surface lunges.
A few highlights from the week include the sighting of Rocker on October 11. He was busy playing with seaweed that was floating on the surface.
Calves are commonly seen playing with seaweed and other things they find floating. Adults usually have too much to do, making their living, to have time to be so curious. And, on the 15th, the passengers of the Dolphin 8 witnessed a female humpback whale feding while her calf swam through the bubble clouds with its mouth open, obviously mimicking its mother’s actions.
On the 17th, Mike reports huge clouds of bubbles rising behind the Dolphin 8. Within mere moments, five adult humpback whales were spotted rising achingly slowly through those bubbles as they collected sand eels. The two calves of the group also surfaced close outside the clouds of bubbles but did not appear to be attempting to catch fish.
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!