Friday, July 23, 2010
Whale Watching Trip July 23, 2010
11 am Whale Watch Trip - Krill
We had a beautiful day offshore even with the cloudy skies and predicated rain. As we headed out of Plymouth Harbor, we passed a Coast Guard Buoy Tender working in the channel. We could see the crew working on two green buoys that were aboard this vessel.
We picked up our first sighting as we crossed over the southeast corner of Stellwagen Bank. This was a humpback whale that was heading to the west, the direction in which we had just come. So we got one look at this whale and continued to the east.
In this area, we picked up a group of 7 humpbacks including Cajun and calf, Pele, Milkweed, Alphorn, Belly and Scratch. The adults were feeding deep while the calf spent a good deal of time at the surface. The calf started flipper slapping as it waited for mom to return to the surface to breath.
Then the calf lifted its head out of the water in a behavior called a spy hop. This behavior allows the whale to get a better view or look at things above the water's surface. Perhaps the calf was trying to get a better look at the passengers aboard the boat. I know they were trying to get a look at this cute calf! And boy what good looks they were getting!
When Cajun returned to the surface, she was joined by her cohorts as they traveled and moved in unison.
Suddenly Cajun's calf breached (jumped) right off the stern or back of our boat. We were all too amazed to do anything but stare eyes wide open in amazement! The calf cleared the water and landed with a huge splash. Then the calf continued to breach off the port side of the boat. Before long, the adults were back on the surface and the calf was right in their path. Luckily the calf made a quick turn and quickly got alongside mom.
Our last sighting was a logging (resting) humpback whale. Unfortunately, this animal was presenting such a low profile, we never got a good look at the dorsal fin. I doubt we will be able to identify this whale, but it was nice to see this whale up close and personal.