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.
The countdown to our 46th season has begun! SATURDAY APRIL 17TH will be our opening day! Advanced reservations are recommended as we are running trips at a reduced capacity.
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 are requiring all passengers (over the age of 2) to wear face masks on the vessel. Passengers without masks will not be allowed to board; this is for the safety of everyone. At this time no coolers, food, or beverages will 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 out on the water for our 46th whale watch season!