A Grey resident whale has taken up just off Chesterman’s beach! Actually it’s a Cow and calf. They seem to be ping ponging back and forth between Frank island and the Wickinnish Inn!

Normally surfers on their boards are pointing landward but as you can see in the last shot they are turned around to watch as the whales go gently past them.

The Grey whale migration is on right now. They are swimming en masse from Mexico to the Bering sea. Think of it like one big aquatic super highway! There are thousands that swim past Tofino but a few see the sign saying “Tofino next right” and ramp off! They eat and rest for maybe 2 weeks or so and continue their journey northward!

48 thoughts on “A WHALE OF A TIME

  1. It is amazing how far whales and birds migrate to the far north and then return to warmer climes. What a privilege to cheer them on their journey and see some rest for time before continuing their journey.

    1. How amazing to witness the migration first hand, Wayne. Such gentle and intelligent creatures, these whales. Great to see the surfers entranced by the whales rather than the next wave πŸ˜‰

    1. I’m sure they will Emma! I saw Whale watching boat following them the other day. I’ve had the drivers tell me to do the same thing. What I find amusing is the same person wouldn’t think twice about disturbing a mother bird and her babies in a tree out front of their place but because a whale is bigger it deserves more respect.
      What they are actually saying is “don’t go near the things I earn my money from”.

      1. There’s a Walrus that has settled (for the time being anyway) in the Welsh harbour town of Tenby and I think the locals are terrified that he will get scared away because he’s a big draw for visitors and they were selling a lot of Wally the Wandering Walrus plates and postcards. Although I have read today that he’s moved on the Cornwall. I just hope he makes it back to where he’s meant to be! https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/wally-the-walrus-tenby-shop-20553288

      2. Isn’t he a marvel! Probably a typical male and was too proud to ask for directions and so got lost! Those shops sure didn’t let the grass grow underfoot for merchandise! They should radio tag him to help study their migration patterns. I was surprised that link only had a single shot of him and the rest was about the stuff they’d like to buy! Maybe Wally will bring economic recovery to all the towns along the coast!

      3. You do make me laugh!! Quite possibly – he was in Ireland eariler in the year. Perhaps he’s retracing his “steps” and will return!

      4. So all that merchandise back in Tenby will be going for 1/2 off I bet!
        It makes me wonder why he’s doing this? If an animal has enough food in a given area,It won’t leave………… but he does. So I’m guessing that he i”s” actually lost and searching for his gang?
        He should be darted and shipped north.

      5. Poor chap. I keep thinking it must be getting too warm for him. I guess he was getting disturbed in Tenby as he had taken residence on the Life Boat slipway and the lifeboat people had to get him off when they needed to get the boat out. It is a worry.

  2. Awww the capture showing both cow and calf breaths is endearing, touching to imagine a tiny one migrating all that distance with mom. Seems like that photo was a sort of blink-and-you-miss-it m moment. Well done! Best, Babsje

    1. Thank you Babsje and your right about blinking and missing! If the wind is blowing I have gone looking for Orca’s and missed them because the wind blows their breath away instantly!

  3. How lucky you are to see this! Whales are at the top of my animal list – intelligent with practices we have not been able to translate.

    1. Whales are a unusual species. They are aquatic and we are terrestrial. I always found it strange that a creature would live in a place where there is no air?
      The largest animal EVER on this planet is a Blue Whale and yet it eats the smallest of creatures,plankton!

  4. [Wayne – I apologize for my tardiness in commenting. I am many days behind in Reader thanks to a major computer malfunction at work. On May 20th, our Outlook crashed and we lost our ability to e-mail for about five days, plus lost all our data; we went from Outlook and Word 2010 to Office 365. I’ve spent a great deal of my own time troubleshooting with the I.T. guy and spent most of the long holiday weekend doing yardwork. So now I will try my best to get through a massive amount of blog posts.] What a sight to see Wayne – you were lucky to see the Orca pod last year and now this Cow with its calf. Right place, right time for you. You were on land or in your boat? I’d be a little fearful if I were the surfers – what if the whales decided to breach and caused a lot of waves … could the surfers be overcome by the rush of water and be quickly submerged?

    1. Whales are very aware and very smart. They would not go near a surfer. I had one last year coming right towards me and when it was about 20 feet away it must of realized I was there (in my boat) and quickly turned away creating a large upwelling of water!
      They are shy creatures.
      Because I use a MAC all those names you mentioned do not mean anything to me…..Greek!

      1. I like that a big creature like a whale would not thrash about having been disturbed in its natural habitat by a human. I can’t imagine how much water would be there if a whale took off suddenly! I would have been concerned a tail thwack on the water might be worrisome for humans – but now I know better. Yes, never stray far from your MAC!

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