Today proved to be a perfect day of whale watching, both weather and whale-wise. We had calm seas, light winds, clear skies and unseasonably lovely temperatures. We continued to watch whales off the southeast corner of Stellwagen Bank—it is this year’s ‘hot spot.’
Whales were charging and feeding with bubble clouds, bubble nets, kick feeding, lunging, open mouth dragging. Whales were traveling alone, and in groups, as large as 8. We had adults and juveniles, cows with calves.
We also saw a blue shark on our morning whale watch, swimming just below the surface.
It was an amazing day!!
Humpback Whales Identified, included: Apex, Abrasion, Ampersand, Barb, Blackhole, Cajun+calf, Canopy, Citation+calf, Colt, Columbia+calf, Crystal, Draco, Doric, Etch-a-sketch, Epee, Evolution, Fracture, Ganesh, Geometry, Habanero, Hancock, Jabiru, Lariat, Mantis, Milkweed, Pele, Perseid+calf, Pumba, Salt + Zelle, Springboard, Scratch, Tongs, Tracer, Tunguska, Venom, Ventisca, Wizard.
I Love love love my job!
These are the kinds of days people like me live for and you only get them once in a lifetime. I will never have a better day in my life than during today's trip offshore. We don't get a lot of opportunities to see this many whales in one area and it was just great.
We were out on the Southeast corner of Stellwagen Bank today and what a show we got. We had about 25-30 humpback whales all together feeding. Bubble clouds were surrounding our boat one even came up right under the bow. They were also kick feeding, and charging after the food. Also in this group was a very excited calf of Cajun who was breaching all over the place. It was just an amazing show.
So far the whales that have been identified from my photos were: Evolution, Ventiska, Milkweed, Wizard, Cajun and calf, Pele, Tracer, Perseid and calf, Draco, Canopy, Bat and Venom. There are still about 6-12 I haven't been able to identify yet, but this was an impressive group.
Also in the area there was 1 or 2 finback whales, 4 to 6 minke whales and about 12 to 20 atlantic white sided dolphins. I didn't even let the passengers ask me how this trip rated I just said to all of them that "on a scale of 1 to 10 this trip was about a 13!!!"
2 pm Whale Watch - Joanne
For the passengers on the 2PM whale watch, which encountered the entangled minke whale off Gurnet Lighthouse on our way back to port, here is a quick update, as promised from Joanne:
The rescue team was able to relocate the entangled minke whale. They made one attempt at grappling (attaching on) but were not successful getting attached to any trail gear, if such existed. With the sunsetting, they weren't able to get the animal disentangled.
The rescue team sends a HUGE thanks to the Captain, Crew, and Passengers aboard the Tails of the Sea, who returned to port later then expected thanks to the efforts to get this whale disentangled.
The rescue team from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies aboard R/V Ibis will hope the whale is resighted and if so, will try again.