|As the whales abruptly surfaced from the bubble feed|
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Admiralty work party ... whale watching
Last weekend Hillary and I went on a whale watching tour courtesy of her bosses David and Diana. We were fortunate to see a group of about 7 whales for awhile. We even saw one group bubble net feed shortly after we got there. What is bubble net feeding? From National Geographic online: "Each whale has its own role in the process: one blows bubbles around the herring school to keep the fish from escaping, others vocalize to scare or confuse the fish and help bring them to the surface, and others herd the fish together and upwards. Once the fish are at the surface, all the whales lunge upwards with their huge mouths wide open and try to gulp as many herring as they can."