It's been an incredible month in Clayoquot, with humpback whales seen almost every day.
As much as they have a reputation for it, humpback whales don't breach all the time. More than that, they don't often make it predictable so you can grab an image.
We saw this individual breaching and tail-lobbing in the distance while watching another animal closer to shore. We made our way out to it, and it continued to display all manner of "surface-active" behaviours. Breaching, tail-lobbing, pectoral-slapping and cartwheeling. A pretty unforgettable tour!
We also managed to grab an image of the tail of this individual, and submitted it to the Marine Education & Research Society and the Pacific Wildlife Foundation. I'd urge you to do the same if you get images of the underside of humpback tails. We've documented 16 individuals since June 25th, and we're noticing more and more than we're having multiple encounters with the same individuals. It's completely what we'd expect - these guys have shown high site fidelity around other areas of Vancouver Island - but it's exciting to help to fill the data gap here on the West Coast.