Originally Posted by UnionPacific
correct, but distinct from baleen whales, and we are talking humpback whales, they do not possess ecolocation, and are very dump compared to toothed whales. I was trying not to confuse, but mildly educate.
I guess the term "killer whales" came to mind. In any event, whatever you call them, they both are a whole lot bigger than the boats we were in & are very spectacular on an "up close" basis.
Aside from keeping your distance, not much you can do about them.
The gray whale we encountered off Bodega Bay was apparently swimming right at us just under water, surfaced about 30 feet from us & just as quickly, went under the boat. He must/may have either seen or heard us or likely would have run into us? IIRC, it was a pretty rough day & we didn't see him until he was right on us, scary.