The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Rain, sun, wind...insects, birds, flowers...meteorites, rocks...seasonal changes...all are worthy additions to the bucket. Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment. Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located. Each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.
These Humpbacks are the last I saw in the fall, a group of three had passed traveling south earlier the same day, that was Sept. 5, 2013. I posted a picture in a comment on the Daily Bucket soon after. These are photos of the same pair, taken from my boat earlier that day. The first humpback I saw retuning was sighted April 13, 2014. Clarence Straits, Alaska
I'm still learning this Image business, these might show a little better with Ctrl ++
The larger is lunge feeding inside of a bubble net. The smaller is using the rise and gulp style of classic bubble netting, though in larger groups whales on the perimeter of the pod often lunge. Whether this is to concentrate the school or a superior method for that location is open to opinion.
Conjecture; Mommy was teaching the kid about fishin'. The subsurface arc she swam concentrated to the area that Jr. netted. He was learning how to bubble net with the big boys. Alternative, his rapid rise herded the school as much as she did and everyone eats more.
There is a lot of feebly supported conjecture in this diary, probably athropomorphism also. But these are my thoughts as I observed these great creatures, not intended to be
definitive, but rather the subjective experience.
Viewing whales from a boat. Treat you neighbors respectfully, don't chase them, do not approach too closely. Sitting still with motor idling so they can track you easily and letting the whales come to you is the best and safest way to observe closely. They can and do avoid boats, but if you see a ring of bubbles immediately in front of the boat a little reverse might be in order, quickly.
But this is all old news, what's happening now in an around your village?