Great day offshore with Capt. Jim aboard the Capt. John & Son IV. Seas were less than 2 feet due to northeast winds of up to 10 knots. As we crossed over Stellwagen Bank, we picked up our first sighting which was a single humpback whale. This animal turned out to have a very
white ventral tail pattern and soon we realized we were looking at a whale name Pinpoint. Pinpoint was born in 2004 to a mother named Horizon making this animal only 5 years old.
As we watched Pinpoint, this whale started to subsurface feed (see image above). We observed as Pinpoint lifted its tail high above the surface and then smashing it down hard on the water's surface. This technique is often used by humpback whales for it helps them stun the bait and creates confusion for the small bait fish. Pinpoint then dove beneath the school of fish, lunging as it came to the surface to take a breath.
As we were watched Pinpoint, we saw a huge splash just to the east of our position. As we continued to keep on eye in this area, we noticed a few more breaches (jumps) so decided to check it out. As we slowly moved toward this area, we found a another humpback whale turned out to have a totally opposite ventral tail pattern than Pinpoint. This animal's bottom tail pattern was totally black and soon we realized that this whale was Tongs. As we continued our approach, Tongs started to flipper slap right off the bow of the boat. What a treat to watch Tongs as this animal's flipper rose high out of the water and then crashed down on the water's surface.
After leaving Tongs, we picked up a pair of humpback whales that turned out to be Division traveling with another humpback. This second animal never fluked out making it impossible for us to determine an ID.
Unfortunately, we saw few seabirds offshore other than a handful of Wilson's and one or two Cory's.