If you have never seen a Humpback Whale in person before, this is the place to do it – Southeast Alaska! The whales migrate here from Hawaii and Mexico to feed during the summer months on large amounts of herring. In late fall, they return to warmer waters to birth and calve their young before making the trip back to SE AK. Seeing a pod of whales bubble net feed is an amazing sight needless to say. We had a group of whale researchers staying near the lodge and was able to learn quite a bit about the whales and their behaviors. Humpback whales have a great way of communicating with each other from close range to several hundred miles. I was lucky enough to see many of these incredible creatures from the safety of a boat. Some of the whales were curious and would swim pretty close to your boat as we were drifting, not making way. Below are some of the pictures I was lucky enough to capture.
Here is a link for more information – http://www.alaskahumpbacks.org/humpbacks.html