Mingan Island Cetacean Study
Yesterday Spines was boat watching. While we stopped, this 26-year old male was coming to investigate the boat. He is known to have an interest in boats and does it almost every year. Note the red whale lice on his head. The bumps are called tubercles and each one contains a single hair follicle. The use of it is still debated but it is likely that these give the whales additional sensory capabilities, like cats or seals using whiskers.
Please note: This whale approached the boat. Never impose yourself on a whale. As with all wildlife, let the whale decide if it wants to approach. If a whale is evading the boat, do not pursue it. Take any sign of avoidance, like changing directions, speeding up, bubbling air, and emitting noise as a sign of annoyance and stop! These are wild animals weighing 30 tons. A seriously anxious and annoyed whale can put you in danger. Our boats are driven by biologists with many years of experience in reading the body language and the behaviour of whales.