Lunge Feeding Humpback Whale

On September 15, 2016, Puget Sound Express found a humpback whale named “Raptor” (BCY0458) in north Puget Sound. At first, this whale just seemed to be traveling but then, he/she suddenly decided it was time to eat and lunged at the surface only.

Shown here is Raptor surfacing with mouth open. Baleen is brown and connected to the roof of the mouth. This whale is on his/her right side and the lower jaw is to the left of frame while top of rostrum (snout) is to the right of frame, showing tubercles.