Whales – Cape Cod

Humpback Whale Bubble Feeding while Gulls and Sheerwaters pluck fish out of the whales mouth.

Humpback Whale Bubble Feeding while Gulls and Sheerwaters pluck fish out of the whales mouth.

We had an exceptional whale watch on July 23rd.  Having been on many whale watches, this was my first time experiencing Humpback Whales bubble feeding.  This method of feeding behavior is when the whales blow clouds or rings of bubbles around a school of fish. The bubbles then rise around the fish which are trapped inside the column of rising bubbles while the whales rise up with their mouths open and trap the fish using baleen as the filtering mechanism. “Bubble feeding”  is unique to the Humpback whales.

Humpback Whale Kick Feeding

Humpback Whale Kick Feeding

We were also fortunate to watch a fairly recent feeding method that has been adopted by the Humpback Whales – “Kick feeding” where the whale pounds the surface of the water with its tail before diving and blowing a bubble ring.  It is believed that the tail pounding stuns the fish and makes them easier to catch.

All Monica’s images were captured using a Panasonic Lumix GX8 and the Lumix 35 – 100 mm f/2.8 lens

Bubble Feeding

Bubble Feeding

 

Bubble Feeding - pool of water and fish in the lower jaw

Bubble Feeding – pool of water and fish in the lower jaw

 

Baleen Detail

Baleen Detail

 

Into a Dive

Into a Dive

 

Whale's Tail

Whale’s Tail

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2 Comments

  1. Tom Fama August 3, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi Shiv,

    Fabulous shots. I must try a whale watch. Were you also using the GX8?

    Tom

    • sverma August 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      Thanks Tom – I was using a GX85 and a GH4 for a number of the images. The GX8 is 20mp with 4 axis image stabilization and with a stabilized lens you have both working in tandem. The GX85 has 5 axis in body stabilization.

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