Humpbacks return to the Inside Passage
Humpback whales are found in virtually all the world’s oceans, though they don’t swim in the extra-cold waters of the Arctic. This pod is breaching the surface of Lynn Canal in the Alaska portion of the Inside Passage, where the whales return in summer for the feeding season after sensibly wintering in warmer tropical waters.
The Inside Passage is a long stretch of Pacific coastline that reaches from Puget Sound in Washington state, up the British Columbia seaboard, and into southeast Alaska. This time of year, Lynn Canal and nearby portions of the Inside Passage are full of whale-watching boats. As the humpbacks gorge on salmon, krill, and other small fish, human observers get to enjoy the show when the leviathans surface to breach or simply catch their breath.