Whale Watching Trip September 9, 2010---Joanne
While heading offshore, we came across a dead humpback whale. As promised to our passengers, we are offering an update here. The animal was identified by the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies as a juvenile male named Sapling. A necropsy was preformed over the weekend of Sept. 12 to try to determine a cause of mortality. While there were no obvious injuries, the full necropsy report will not be available until histology is complete. Mortality rates are highest for humpback whales during their first years of life, so it is not unusual for some animals to be lost during this time period.
In addition, we had the opportunity to see Salt and Zelle! Along with a few juveniles/unknowns, as well as a young whale named Music and a mature male named Peninsula.