9:00 AM whale watch on the Capt. John Boats
Blue skies today!! Light winds and sunshine this morning as we left the dock. I was also lucky enough to have two interns and of course Erica was aboard as a deck hand, so I felt like a queen. Our first encounter was with a mother, calf pair and although we couldn't get a complete photo of the tail, we tentatively believe it was Nile. We moved on and came into an area loaded with bait and bluefish. Probably two-dozen fishing boats in the area also. There were 6-7 whales in that area feeding near the surface but keeping a low profile. We never observed a fluke but did witness 3 of them feeding together in a circular pattern.
9 AM and 2 PM whale watches on Capt. John Boats
SE swell increasing to 4 feet as they day progressed. Winds light and variable in the morning and increasing to 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. All of our sightings were on the southern part of the bank. In the morning, we had quite a few whales on the corner, but all were making long dives. We did start our trip with Nile and calf and then finished with Pinpoint and Echo who were surface feeding. In the afternoon, the whales were again low profile and included two separate pairs - Milkweed and Tornado and then Salt and Orbit. No surface feeding was observed in the afternoon. We did see a few breaches here and there, but nothing that lasted very long.
Pelagic birds included juvenile northern gannets, WIlson's storm petrels, sooty shearwaters, greater shearwaters, laughing gulls were also observed offshore.