A few more Whales
I just wanted to post a few more whale photos showing some of their interesting behavior in the Lagoon. The first is a pic of a whale’s head sticking vertically out of the water. This is a frequent sight and is known as either a “heads up” or a “spy hop”. The later is a term used to indicate that the whale may be watching something above the surface. This is often applied to Orcas as they can actually see well above or below the water due to the fact that their eyes compensate for the different densities of the water or air. Our guide didn’t think this was a good description for grey whales as their eyes probably do not see well above the water. He preferred the term “heads up” and he said it is really unknown what the whales are doing but his theory was that they might just be changing direction. In any case, its an interesting sight to see a stationary head rising slowly up out of the water….
The next photo is taken during a mating session with numerous male whales trying to engage a single female. The females, especially the ones who have already given birth or are pregnant, are not very cooperative and there is LOTS of chasing and thrashing going on as can be seen with the 3 whales in this picture.
Our guide speculated that we might be seeing the final mating actions of the season as many of the female whales that had already been impregnated were already on their migration back to Alaskan waters. The males seem to stick around a little longer (for last call) before they start their journey back.