Lunge Feeding Humpback Whale

For over a week we watched a humpback whale lingering around the south end of Lopez Island on many of our trips from Edmonds and Port Townsend. This whale (temporary ID mmx6) was keen to lunge feed on bait fish congregating near the surface in this location. Here are a few pictures showing the lunge feeding in action, and you can see the baleen plates on the roof of his mouth. Also notice the bait fish jumping as the giant closes it’s mouth in the last two photos! Photographer/Naturalist, Bart Rulon