The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note of any observations you have made of the world around you. Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers. 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 are Humpback whales bubble netting in S.E. Alaska, Clarence Strait by Prince of Wales Island. These were taken in July 2012, I probably could have gotten more similar last summer but somehow I got preoccupied with less important things.
Someone I've know for years untold came to visit for a while a couple of years ago. He has been around a camera a time or two. I can drive a boat. All photography credited to: R.A. Bateman
under the orange bubbles lurk monsters of the deep! But very good neighbors none the less.
One of these wonderful creature's adaptations is a flexible but incredibly strong lower jaw. They can pop their mouths open traveling at full speed and scoop 15,000 (!) gallons of seawater in an instant. Another adaptation that makes this work is a pouch of pleated extensible blubber on the ventral surface forming a huge extra 'mouth' cavity.
above in lightbox
The group above include an infant in the gap on the left side and a juvenile on the right.
The infant is 6 months or less old, at 6 months they start feeding on fish and krill to supplement nursing. For teachers (paid or not):
Below mostly lightbox, a sequence from one bubble net
The big guy in the center should give some idea of how big the throat pouch is.
and everyone goes down for more
Big splash in four pictures. Imagine it, the splash was magnificent.
So, what's new in your backyard?