Thursday, August 18th, 2011
Humpback Whale Tail Lobbing Near Lincoln Island

Much of the behavior of Humpback whales remains a mystery, and tail lobbing is no exception. We watched this Humpback whale raise its huge fluke out of the water and slap it on the surface multiple times. It almost seemed playful, but no one knows exactly why Humpback whales perform this action. It is thought that it may have something to do with communication. The tail lobs apparently can be heard for a long distance underwater.

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Monday, August 15th, 2011
Humpback Whale Breaching At North Pass

A Humpback Whale breaches at North Pass north of Juneau yesterday, with the Point Retreat Lighthouse at the northern tip of Admiralty Island vaguely visible in the distance. Watching whales was definitely one of the highlights of the annual Golden North Fishing Derby, at least for me. Needless to say that neither Greta nor I caught the big one. We actually didn’t catch many salmon at all, but we nevertheless had a great time during this 72-hour fishing marathon. Florian opted to fish on a more successful boat (we couldn’t blame him for this move) with his uncle Sean and aunt Heidi, who both made it into the top 65 among the almost 2,000 participants.

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