Hunted to near extinction along the Inside Passage, humpback whales have made a remarkable recovery. Not seen for more than a decade after Canadian whales killed every humpback they could find prior to the cessation of whaling in 1967, humpbacks are now regular visitors to the waters off northeastern Vancouver Island from May through December. Their cautious return began slowly and silently. As their number increased, bringing back new companions and babies, they began to express themselves. Starting with a few gruff, short calls lasting a few minutes, they now sing for hours with variety and even with each other. Featured here is a passage from an incredible October night when the humpbacks sang into the calm waters of Blackfish Sound for over three hours.
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