|Humpback Whales Feeding in Bubble Cloud|
|Baleen is visiable|
|Humpback Forcing water out of its Mouth|
During the feeding process a number of sand lances are stunned or injured and are left in the water and then the gulls and shearwaters in large numbers make their way over to feed on the remains.
|Sooty Shearwaters and Gulls flying to obtain food|
It was also estimated there was another 40 whales in the vicinity that we did not get close enough to identify.
Because marine mammals are protected by federal law, you cannot approached to at least 100 yards from reading mammals, and if so whale approaches you, the entrant must be placed in neutral to allow the whale to pass. The commercial will watching vessels have a long history of experience with the whales and are very careful to follow the rules.
|We were stopped while these Whales were feeding along side|
|This boat kept moving right along the whale|
The whales were feeding in an area where small boats were tuna fishing, I had noticed one boat that was towing a tuna rig . The people running the boat approached right up and alongside a whale that was on the surface and kept moving and did not follow the government regulations.