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Unusual vocalizations from a humpback caught everyone by surprise

2017 05-24 SB Channel

A high stratus layer with no wind and calm seas made a wonderful scenario for observing marine wildlife today.  4 humpback whales and 1 blue whale were observed.  Unusual vocalizations from a humpback caught everyone by surprise.

Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express to the southeast again.  Just a bit south of the rigs, a pair of humpback whales (one of which was Scarlet) was located and we had great looks.  Soon two more individuals joined the sighting and among the 4 whales one was actively slapping its pectoral fins.  Another whale was creating unusual vocalizations which were not the “ordinary” trumpet blows or grunts.  These sounds were described by Dave as loud, long whines or howls.  It got everyone’s attention, that’s for sure.

Continuing east and into The Lanes, a huge blue whale came up and we watched the giant for a while.  It showed its flukes on several deep dives.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express

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