Thanks to the hacking incident I’m very behind on posting my latest whale watching photos, but oh well, such is life. On August 13th, I was lucky enough to go on the ACS Whale Watching trip on the Condor Express off Santa Barbara and it was an amazing day. Because it was such a great trip, I took a ton of photos. I won’t post all of them of course, but I am going to do a few posts showing some of the highlights.
To start, this post features a really unique blue whale that we came across. Instead of being the standard light blotchy gray, this whale had large swatches of yellow-brown in various patterns across it’s back. According to the expert naturalist onboard, this is caused by diatoms, which is a type of single-celled algae. I emailed a diatom expert to find out more, but in the meantime you’ll just have to check out the photo. It’s definitely a good way for a blue whale to stand apart from the rest.
Also, there was a blue whale that had this signature way of diving. Right before heading for the deep, he (or she) would smack his (or her) head on the surface, which always created a big splash. This was very consistent and every time we saw the splash we knew it would be a longer dive and we’d have to wait awhile for the whale to surface again.
And the last two photos are just for fun! A blue whale fluke shot and an extreme close-up of the head.