PHEW! This was a close call. Southeast Alaska’s humpback whales can put on outstanding cooperative bubblenetting feeding displays..sometimes at very close range! With all these open mouthed humpback whales lunging to the surface to gulp down herring, the poor little fish don’t have much of a chance.

Look closely at the open mouth of the humpback whale for a close up view of its baleen plates. Baleen whales such as humpbacks lunge to the surface, gulping their prey along with about 15,000 gallons of seawater. Closing their jaws, the whales squeeze out seawater, trapping prey such as herring or krill in the plates of baleen that line the tops of their mouths. One quick slurp of the tongue and then it’s on to the next mouthful of food.

Southeast Alaska, USA

July 20, 2012

Canon 7D, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens, Canon 1.4 extender, 1/1250, f/4.0, ISO 100, focal length 98mm

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Comments

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture! Wow! Such wonderful textures.

  • Bunny, thank you so much! Playing with whales lately. In whale geek heaven…:-)) Best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallabout 2 years ago

    awesome capture :))

  • Trish, thank you so much. This was a good day on the water. Best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    That’s a whole stack of whales :-)…nice work.

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  • Thank you so much! I am passionate about whales so being in their company floats my boat..:-)) Best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Kent Keller
    Kent Kellerabout 2 years ago

    Amazing! What a capture Gina!!!

  • Hi, Kent! Thank you ever so much! Glad you enjoyed these whales. Best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 2 years ago

    wow this is such a thrilling capture!!! makes my heart beat just looking at it – m ust have been truly amazing to witness so close to these amazing creatures!
    cheers
    maggie
    :))

  • Hi, Maggie! Great hearing from you. The whales were feeding nearby. They dived and then the bubble netting calls began——VERY close. So close we could hear them loudly through the hull. Hold on. There was no time to move the boat. Then my husband shouted “Herring!” Next thing we knew, the whales rocketed to the surface very close to us. A close call indeed. What more can I say but that I love being around whales! :-)) All the very best to you from me!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 2 years ago

    what an awesome sight ..Well done gina – Love it xx

  • Thank you, Gail! Whales are indeed awe-inspiring, especially when they put on quite a show. Thanks for dropping in to say hello! Best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 2 years ago

    Wow, Gina, truly an amazing capture! It must have been so exciting to be there.

  • Hi, Dot! Been playing with whales recently. Oh yes, it is quite an experience to watch humpback whales cooperatively bubblenetting. For me, it was whale soup heaven! Best to you, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago


    4 August 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thank you for welcoming this image into your group! Best, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonabout 2 years ago

    Welcome Back! ;O))) Looks like they were a bit tooooo close! Awesome shots as usual my friend! Glad you are a ok! Huggs, Linda

  • Hi, Kiddo! Yikes, these whales did indeed surface very close to our little boat. It all happened so quickly that there was nothing to do but ride it out. Have some interesting whale tales to tell from recent experiences. Stay well and happy! Love, G

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartabout 2 years ago

    Wow, what a fantastic shot Gina, must have taken your breath away being so close!! Awesome!

  • Martin, I’ve been in a whale happy state recently. It’s always a treat to be in the company of whales. So much to tell you. Orcas have been putting on some good shows lately. I think they are waiting for the Orca Fest for a really great time…:-)) Hugs, WG and WG II

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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