12 noon Whale Watch Trip - Fred
NW winds at 5-10 knots creating seas about a foot or so (and no swell). Good visibility (7-8 miles, perhaps).
We started with some short looks at a young humpbacks southwest of the SW Corner of Stellwagen Bank. However, since it was not spending much time at the surface, we headed east.
Out near the SE Corner of the Bank we found about a dozen humpbacks and a half dozen or so minke whales, all feeding at or near the surface, mostly as singletons (except for Thumper and her calf, who were feeding together). We spent much of our time with Coral, a 21-year-old male humpback who has always been a "good" (as in "cooperative") whale for us, and he did not disappoint us this day, as he fed quite actively on sand lance very close to our boat.
We saw only a few birds offshore, mostly greater shearwaters and a few terns.