is one tough individual who has been seen around these parts since
1984. If a whale could talk, this old man would probably
have a lot to say.
you're lucky enough to get a good close look at his face (particularly
his rostrum or mouth) you will notice that his lower jaw protrudes
out and almost over his upper jaw. The tip of the lower
jaw has quite a hook on it. This looks similar to a Sockeye
Salmon, thus his name, Sockeye. When male Sockeye salmon
begin to breed their body goes through a metamorphosis. A
huge hump develops on the back and the mouth forms a protruding
hook. This fish is also known as the Christmas fish because
during the breeding season the fish turns red and green. (Sockeye,
the whale, does not show this characteristic).
usually hangs straight down, with the inner fringe creating a
net or sieve. This is what traps the whale's food. Sockeye's
baleen is somewhat deformed. His baleen is bent outward
in the middle. When he is engaging in open mouth feeding, both
the jaw and baleen deformities are very evident. When he
closes his mouth, water shoots up the side and sprays out. This
is probably due to an entanglement or perhaps a birth defect.
Sockeye has learned to adapt and is doing very well.
also has a good-sized white, square scar located just behind
his blowhole. This may have been cause by a small boat or
again, an entanglement.
are not quite done yet. Take a good look at his fluke. You
will find that riddled along the mid- to trailing-edge are orca
teeth rack marks. At sometime in his life he was attacked
by the main natural predator of humpbacks, the orca or killer