We were sitting in the kitchen this morning having some breakfast before we headed off for a hike to Spaulding Meadows, when Tim saw a whale spout in the channel off our deck - we quickly abandoned our seats and Tim grabbed his camera with the telephoto lens. Its very hard to anticipate when the whales will come up for air so you really have to be patient.
I only caught a couple of brief glimpses as the whale moved along its way. My guess is that by the time it decided to come up for one more big breath of air below moving towards the bottom, it was closer to where the cruise ships dock. This is when you would see its tail.