2 pm Whale Watch - Tammy
Today on our whale watch we headed to the tip of Cape Cod (Race Point), an area where we have been whale watching for a couple of weeks now. We had passengers from several different states today, including two groups from North Dakota and Connecticut; many of them had never been on a whale watch or seen the ocean, so we were very excited to find some whales.
After reaching Race Point, we slowly moved up the beach toward Wood End lighthouse where we found a lone Finback whale. This whale would take 3-5 breaths at the surface before diving down and spending several minutes beneath the surface. This finback was likely feeding on herring that has been abundant in the waters off of Cape Cod recently.
Our captain did a fantastic job at staying with this animal while also following the federal whale watching guidelines; this allowed us to watch this animal for quite awhile and get some fabulous looks at this whale. Everyone on board was amazed by this animal’s size and speed.
It’s fascinating that finback whales are so massive, but are still so sleek and graceful as they move through the water. We even got an up-close look at the unique coloration of the whale’s lower jaw. The right side of a Finback whale’s jaw is white, while the left side is dark gray. Scientists think that this coloration may help camouflage the whale, allowing it to coral and engulf more fish.
Overall, a wonderful afternoon spent with the second largest whale in the world, the Finback whale!