This whale can be distinguished by the "lumpy" appearance along the trailing edge of his tail.
Name: Lumpy / Friendly Fred / Rubberlips / NOAA No. SEAK 0545 .
When to look: This whale is most commonly seen on and off from late June through the middle of August.
Where: Anywhere in the Juneau area, but he is often seen wherever the bubble feeders are feeding; areas such as North Pass, south of Shelter Island, Young Bay, Point Retreat and near Aaron Island.
Markings: Lumpy's flukes are mainly black with some white markings. The best way to identify Lumpy is from the distinct, lumpy-looking trailing edge of his flukes.
Behavior: Lumpy loves to bubble feed! The first time I watched Lumpy bubble feeding was in 1999. He is always with a group of bubble feeders, never alone. I have watched Lumpy bubble feed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., day after day for weeks at a time. The "bubble feeders" - a group of whales always bubble feeding - work their way around Point Retreat and into the Juneau area every summer. Sometimes they stay for just a few hours, other times they stay for weeks. Lumpy's tail comes high out of the water before he goes for a deep dive.
Notes: In 1976 Lumpy was the first whale to ever be tagged in Southeast Alaska.
• The "Weekly Whale Feature" is compiled by Jay Beedle, a longtime Juneau resident who makes his home on Shelter Island. He is a photographer and co-owns Harv and Marv's Outback Alaska which offers whale watching tours during summer months. For more information about his photography contact Gretchen Pence at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 789-0089.
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