Every August the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) hosts a fantastic overnight whale watching expedition off Montauk, NY to the Great South Channel. An excellent alternative to aquariums, CRESLI’s team is focused on education and research, using whale watching tours as platforms to collect data about the wild populations of animals encountered on each cruise. This was my fourth time aboard, and as you’re about to see, this is super-special. Don’t miss next year’s trip. Plan your vacation days now!
In this video, the humpback whales are bubble net feeding. A cooperative hunting technique, bubble net feeding is an underwater circular dance where whales surround a school of fish, blowing bubbles to force the fish to the surface. Then it gets really interesting! The whales open their enormous mouths, engulfing tons of fish at once, ultimately proving that teamwork is key. The video is only 40 seconds long, but this humpback whale feeding frenzy went on for 1.5 hours!
From breaching whales to bow-riding dolphins, punctuated by a few Antarctic avian visitors, there’s no better way to observe animals than in their natural environment.
For photo captions, hover over the thumbnails below and click on an image for a closer look!
For a complete list of this trip’s animal sightings, and the names of the individual whales photo identified, go here.
All images and video © Carl Safina.