While small boats flee to the harbors as the fall storms are brewing up here in Alaska, the whales are making a beeline towards the rough seas. Today, the AJ20s charged straight towards open water in Prince William Sound, where the waves are predicted to reach 16 feet. The juveniles in particular seem to enjoy the rough-and-tumble play that is associated with such raging waters.
Photo by NGOS.
AG pod near Juneau; orcas pictured here include AG29 Graffiti, AG35 Berg, and AG8 Newmoon.
Recent photo of 20 year old AG25 Berg and 44 year old mom AG8 Newmoon
Check out those pecs! There’s an interesting theory I heard awhile back about the big pectoral flippers of male orcas—apparently they’re very good for swimming underneath females and cradling them during the process of mating.
New photos from NGOS!
The first is of an adolescent orca practicing his or bellyflops. The second is of a frisky young calf (AK pod, perhaps?) that just had an invigorating rub at the local rubbing beach. Whales, usually AK pod, frequent the shallow, rocky beaches and spend time rubbing themselves all over the pebbles. In fact, whales from AK pod do it so often their skin is often covered in scratches from the rocks!
Most likely members of AX48 pod, with the female potentially being AX51.
First Calf for AF47 Lituya!
18 year-old AF47 Lituya appeared with an adorable baby in tow in Glacier Bay in June. This is the female’s very first calf, and we welcome this wonderful baby into the world.
Photo by Jim Gilbert.