Squalling Pacific White-Sided Dolphins = major distractor to Humpback ID work. What is “squalling”? The photos will reveal.
It is essentially a stampede of dolphins. They erupt out of the water with the speed and energy of stampeding horses. There is so much water action that it sounds like a raging river.
They do this for a variety of reasons including when they perceive that there may be mammal-eating Killer Whales around (Bigg’s / Transients). Today? I don’t know what set them off. They had been feeding just prior and then – off they went, blasting by my boat.
Big distraction indeed.