Not long after seeing the first pod of Humpback Whales in Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska I was rewarded with a brief high-speed flurry of a small pod of Dall’s Porpoise bursting out of the water right next to the tour boat. They are black and white in colour and were named after W.H. Dall, an American zoologist who wrote about them way back in 1873.
Even though the Dall’s Porpoise is about six-foot in length they are very fast and it was tricky to get a photo of them at such close range. It was cool to see these fun-loving creatures.
Then what felt like just moments later, in the distance we spotted spouts of water going into the air. More Humpback’s!
This time there was a baby Humpback in the pod. This sighting understandably created a huge amount of excitement on the tour boat!
It is something beautiful and unique to see a baby Humpback swimming side by side with its protective mother. When the mother is not visible the baby looks quite big but side by side you can easily see how much smaller it is.
Not long later the Humpback’s dived deep below the surface and we had to move on. Alaskan wildlife at its best!