Tuesday, August 11, 2009
11 am Whale Watch Trip - Leah
Todays trip went pretty nicely, the wind picked up just enough to keep the humidity and haze to a minimum. The weather was perfect for being able to see possible areas where whales could be but we didn't have a spout in sight. We traveled all around the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank and finally found a lone humpback whale. This humpback is still yet to be identified but this whale was great for it gave us a wonderful close approach.
The whale would surface right next to the boat, it's spout reaching all the way to the top deck. Then it would dive under the boat and surface again on the other side. We also had a minke in the same area and it was moving rather slowly which is kind of unusual for that species. We had heard about an entangled minke whale in the area but we never saw it and I'm curious to learn if the slow animal we saw was the known entangled whale. Hopefully that little guy is OK.
9 am and 2 pm Whale Watch Trips - Krill
11 am Whale Watch Trip - Lauren
We had a beautiful day offshore with decreasing winds and a sea surface that can only be described as catspaws. As the trip continued, the sea surface became almost as smooth as glass.
We headed to the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank and picked up our first sighting that turned out to be a single humpback traveling through the area. We were not able to ID this animals since it was up for only a few breaths and then would dive without raising its flukes above the water's surface.
Our captain decided to leave this single whale and head over to a pair of humpbacks that turned out to be Nile and her calf of this year (see image above). This pair was up to their usual shananagans! This time mom was tail breaching like crazy! Then the two began to roll, flipper slap, and then tail slap. We were very close to all the activity as other vessels started coming into the area. As we continued to watch this pair, both Nile and the calf appeared to tire so settled down and started slowly traveling to the north. At times, they slowed down to the point where they were floating motionless at the surface, a behavior we call logging (resting).
While we watched Nile and calf logging next to the boat, we got a quick glimpse at a minke whale and another single humpback. A very exciting day!