The Humpbacks of Kenai Fjords National Park – Part II (Dall’s Porpoise too)


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.

Dall's Porpoise Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
Dall’s Porpoise
Dall's Porpoise Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
The very fast Dall’s Porpoise!

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.

Dall's Porpoise Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
Dall’s Porpoise
Kenai Fjords scenery Alaska
Typical Kenai Fjords scenery

Then what felt like just moments later, in the distance we spotted spouts of water going into the air. More Humpback’s!

Humpback Whale Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
Thar she blows!

This time there was a baby Humpback in the pod. This sighting understandably created a huge amount of excitement on the tour boat!

Humpback baby and mother Whale Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
Mother and baby Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
Mother Humpback

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.

Humpback Whale Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
Preparing to fluke
Humpback Whale Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
The distinct humped back
Humpback Whale Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
Dive!
Humpback Whale Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
Fluking
Mother and Baby Humpback Whale Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
Mother and Baby Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
The mother is heading for the deep

Not long later the Humpback’s dived deep below the surface and we had to move on. Alaskan wildlife at its best!

Humpback Whale Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska
Wait for me Mum!

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Girl Gone Expat says:

    You amazing experience in Kenai Fjords NP just keeps getting better! 🙂 Must have been so great seeing the Dall’s Porpoise play around! And the adorable baby humpback off course! Wildlife is Alaska is just unbeatable!

    1. Deano says:

      I loved it up there. That day was very lucky as the weather had been atrocious and many boat trips were cancelled in the days before

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