The most noticeable of our transients, Mr. Floppy Fin, T-19B, was in the area with four of his compadres. These five whales appeared to be on the hunt for their most beloved found source, harbor seals. However, when a lone harbor seal surfaced close to the boat with no care in the world it was apparent that these Transients had other things on their mind- most likely sleep. These whales can travel up to 100 miles a day and are constantly themoregulating in these frigid 48 degree waters. With environmental strains like these it can be tough to fit in a full nights snooze. To compensate for this lack of a set bedtime, these whales have adapted to taking naps in intervals throughout the day. These marine mammals are capable of resting certain portions of their brain, while leaving other portions alert! Pretty handy trick- wish I was capable of that some days. Whether it be sleeping or hunting, it is always quite the experience to see these whales surfacing in the distance. Hope these whales stick around for a few days!
San Juan Safaris, M/V Sea Lion