On our recent whale watching trip we were lucky enough to come across a number of grey whales. They are, admittedly, perhaps not as exciting to watch as say the humpback whales or orcas, but they are whales and you don’t usually just come across them in your daily life, so we were more than stoked to see them.
We were part of a group on a zodiac and thankfully the rain had stopped and the waters weren’t too choppy. Being so close to the water meant that we were almost on the same level with the whales whenever they came to the surface. Both the grey whales we first saw were feeding in the shallower waters and didn’t mind having us at a respectable distance.
Grey whales don’t have dorsel fins, so when they do come up you don’t really get a warning, making photographing these whales rather harder; add to that the sway of the boat and you can understand why every photo you get tack sharp is a treasure.
Grey whales are known for their heart-shaped blow, as seen in this photo (not the sharpest, but shows a beautiful heart).
Our guide told us that the whales are covered in barnacles, which are so in-grown that you would need a sharp knife to remove them. The grey whale does not breach as a humpback does, and they are very unobtrusive on the surface, hence them also being known as “breathing rocks”.