Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spouts Seen in the Distance from Town

We got a call a little while ago that spouts were seen in the distance from the Cliffside/Abercrombie area. Walkers along Miller Point, Piedmont Point or Spruce Cape have an opportunity to see the whale spouts in the distance.

Aerial View of Grays Migrating Past Ugak Bay

photo by Kate Wynne

Kate Wynne flew an aerial survey on Friday, April 15th and saw several grays around the mouth of Ugak Bay. She says some were migrating and others were feeding. The group pictured above were cruising southbound in Marmot Bay outside of Ugak.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Grays at Narrow Cape

Saturday's Whale Walk produced great results according to a couple of the folks who went on the walk. There were numbers of gray whales moving between the Fossil Beach cliffs and Ugak Island. One viewer reported being able to see many spouts as well as the backs of the whales as they rose to the surface.

UPDATE: The group leader reports that there were about 30 gray whales at Narrow Cape for Saturday's Whale Walk. They were in groups of two to three for the most part...there were a couple with four in the group. She reports there might have been one calf, but they weren't certain. Viewing at Narrow Cape should be very good for the next week or more. Get out there!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Grays Sighted Today!

Four gray whales were sighted on the outside of Long Island today. 

Keep those reports coming in!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Whales off Cape Chiniak on April 3rd

On Sunday, April 3rd about a half dozen whales were sighted off Cape Chiniak. The viewer thought they could be fin whales but wasn't certain.

To help in your identification of whales, remember that fin whales have a dorsal fin. Although it is not as prominent as an orca's dorsal, the sight of that fin can really help you distinguish between the back of a gray whale and a fin whale. When in doubt, take a photo - even a photo at a distance can help marine mammal experts identify the whale type.

Call 486-3181 or email pam (at) kmxt.org with your whale sightings!