Sharkb8 wrote:Some friends of mine had a really cool (and rare!) encounter with a breaching humpback in the middle of Bellingham Bay yesterday afternoon. I'm wondering if it was the same one you spotted in the pass.
Wow. Photographing a breaching humpback still eludes me. The appearance of humpbacks is one of the changes in whale behavior brought about by climate change. I literally (word used correctly) have hundreds of photos of humpbacks taken in the last couple of years. I didn't see any in Puget Sound in earlier years. An article in the paper today says J35 is still carrying the dead calf and a second calf looks emaciated and close to death. Our so called resident whales may be doomed by their food choice - salmon. The decrease in salmon population coupled with the prominence of less nutritious hatchery fish may be leading to orca deaths.
Could your friends whale be the same? Possibly. The one in the pass was a young one. The picture below shows it swimming in the rushing current showing an undeveloped dorsal fin.