Humpback whale, “Rope,” entertains everyone AGAIN
Our friend “Rope” the humpback whale spy hops very very close to the Condor Express.
Our humpback, “Rope,” entertains everyone AGAIN
There was nothing but sunny skies and calm seas along the north Channel today. Conditions were ideal for spout spotting and whale enjoyment. We ran to the northeast Channel not far from yesterday’s good sightings. Along the way we had the pleasure of the companionship of at least 800 common dolphins, many many were with small calves. The came alongside, rode the bow and surfed the wake waves thrilling all dolphin lovers on board (that’s everyone).
Not long after we left the playful dolphins, two spouts were spotted and when we got close enough to see, there were two humpback whales. One was our buddy “Rope,” and she had her pal with her. Is this “pal” a male? I’m not sure, but through my eyes I could swear I saw a little attraction between them, and Rope’s behavior seemed to feed off the other whale’s antics. The main show stoppers today, starring Rope and friend, were on long friendly approach session that lasted almost an hour, and later, a shorter encore performance. There was lots of spy hopping, rolling around, swimming under the boat, a couple of dramatic tail-throws, and the best was an approach off the bow that was so close you could look right down its blowhole….which lots of people did, not expecting a big blast of spout spray to cover them with whale love. The crew had to clean the windows because the spray covered them with water. These are the most friendly whales you could ever expect to see.
A couple of Minke whales were also seen as the boat passed near spots of bird and dolphin feeding activity. Wow. It was a magical day on the Channel. I’ll post up the photographs sometime tomorrow to
Hope you get up and get out soon.
Bob Perry Condor Express
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