Humpback Whale Breach 105

Humpback Whale Breach 105

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After departing Juneau and motoring down Stephens Passage to Frederick Sound, I spent my first night anchored at the Brothers Islands. Because of the long distance I’d motored the day before, my first priority was refueling. En route to the Kake fuel dock, I encountered my first breaching humpback whale! This whale was clearly happy that I was there to photograph it and could not contain its enthusiasm for my arrival. I normally use my more maneuverable inflatable to photograph breaching, but since I was on my C-Dory, I quickly passed the helm off to my dad as I grabbed my camera and headed towards the bow.  The whale was heading in my direction and posed several times for me where I told it to. Thank you for your cooperation whale and see you in Hawaii next winter.

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7 thoughts on “Humpback Whale Breach 105

  1. Excellent capture, Jon!!

  2. Hey Jon, I love your photos! Looks like I have to go to Alaska to get good pictures of whales. We have a lot of whales in the Gulf of Maine too but Alaska seems to be a better place
    Have you ever shot in Maine before?

  3. Thank you all for your generous comments!

    Alex-I have been to Maine once when I was in college, but all of my ambitions & effort are towards Alaska for many years to come.

  4. Hey Jon nice shots! After looking through the shots of Alaska I saw none of Sitka. Just wanted to let you know this place is pretty sweet. Whales, otters, eagles, and bears just something to think about.

  5. I have not yet been to Sitka, but I have been to Baranof Warm Springs & the hot springs north of Sitka on the outer coast of Chichagof. It is on my list. My boat is going to be up on Prince William Sound, Kenai Fjords, & Kodiak for a few summers, so it will take me awhile to get it back down to Southeast. I’ve been thinking about just flying to Sitka at some point, too.

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