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It was a refreshingly cool afternoon as the Marauder IV set sail in a Southwesterly direction. It didn’t take long before we spotted the telltale sign of whales in the area. Large blows from Humpback Whales hung on the horizon.

Humpback Whale
A Humpback Whale tail. Photo by Naturalist Emma, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped.

We approached an area where four whales were swimming; two pairs were diving, flicking their tales up and feeding. We watched one shallow diving pair for a while; they were only staying under water for a few minutes at a time so luckily it gave us lots of surface viewing and beautiful glimpses of their tails. At one point they went for a dive at the exactly same time. Many wondered if they had planned this? We shifted our attention to the other pair in the area and they were similarly enjoying searching for food together.

Humpback Whales
Humpback Whales. Photo by Naturalist Emma, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped

At one moment the previous pair traveled to our port side while the current pair were on our starboard; we were in a Humpback Whale sandwich! In addition to the four Humpback Whales we viewed, you could see many blows off in the distance in every direction. Another special afternoon surrounded by the majestic Humpback Whale.

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Two Humpback Whale tails, synchronized diving. Photo by Naturalist Emma, image taken with zoom lens and heavily cropped
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