There’s something special and majestic about spotting a whale while kayaking, and it’s a thrill that everyone should experience at least once. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where whales are commonly spotted, then read on for tips on how to spot them while out kayaking. The first step is to know what you’re looking for. Whales can be difficult to spot when they’re far away and they can be hard to distinguish from other things that might be out there.
Instead of looking for the actual creatures, it’s best to look for signs of them first. Whale blows – columns of water that whales expel from their blowholes – are easy to spot from a distance and can be sometimes be seen from miles away. Whales also leave behind trails of bubbles when they dive into the water, so keep an eye out for these as well. Whales can also be spotted by their tails. A whale’s tail will rise above the surface of the water before dipping back down – if you’re lucky, you might even see a spray of water as it does so.
Get in Touch With Your Inner Whale Watcher
Once you know what to look for, the next step is to learn how to spot them. The best way to do this is by getting in touch with your inner whale watcher.
Some things to keep in mind:
– Whales are most active in the morning and evening, so try to kayak during these times.
– Look for areas where the water is rougher – this is usually a sign that whales are feeding nearby.
– Keep an eye out for birds diving into the water – they might be following a whale.
– Watch for movement in the water, especially near the surface.
Signs You’ve Found A Whale
Once you think you’ve spotted a whale, it’s time to confirm that your eyes aren’t just playing tricks on you. Here are some signs that you’ve sighted a whale:
– It dives into the water and doesn’t resurface for a few minutes.
– You see its tail rising above the surface.
– There’s a lot of splashing and bubbling in the water.
– Birds are gathering near the surface of the water.
– You can hear the whale blowing.
If you see any of these signs, it’s likely that you’ve found a whale – keep your distance and enjoy the sight!
Even if you don’t live in an area where whales are commonly spotted, it’s still worth taking the time to learn how to spot them. They’re a majestic sight and it’s an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lives.
So get out there and start looking for those blows! Alaska is a great state for kayaking and whale watching, and kayaking with Whales Alaska is sure to be a great experience for anyone who has a passion for the outdoors.