This beautiful qᵂənɛs, was just south of Klahoose Wlderness Resort in the Forbes Bay, ʔap̓uk̓ʷum, in the Klahoose First Nation territory. We watched her (in my mind it’s a female) slapping her tail, fins, and then breaching.
There are various theories as to why humpbacks display these behaviors…communication, stunning prey, and removing barnacles and lice. Regardless of why, it’s breathtaking to watch.
What an honor to watch this beautiful humpback whale, qʷənɛs, slap it’s tail over and over in the Homfray Channel, ʔap̓uk̓wum of the Klahoose First Nation Territory
So glad I thought to get a short video on my camera while the humpback was lobtailing. I’ve only seen this once before and was unable to get a capture of that moment. From what I’ve read, the humpback whales often engage in lobtailing (tail slapping) when feeding. The loud sound of the tail hitting the water causes fish to school tighter, making it easier for the whale to eat. This particular humpback must have come across a bounty of fish as it showed this behavior multiple times.
Shortly after entering Homfray Channel on our way to Klahoose Wilderness Resort, we spotted a large pod of qʷəšim, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, to the east of our boat. They swam all around us and then followed from behind for a minute or two as we continued our way up the channel before turning around.
I don’t think I will ever grow tired of watching humpbacks (or any whales) enjoying their world in the deep sea. What magnificent creatures…I can only hope that through education and understanding of our impact on them and their world, we can make certain that they are on this planet for generations to come.
We saw this humpback in the Homfray Channel just south of the Klahoose Wilderness Resort near Forbes Bay.