We left Plymouth with mostly cloudy skies and light winds. We traveled to Stellwagen Bank where we found several humpbacks whales spread our around us. Our first sighting was of a humpback whale named Exclaim. We only spent a few minutes with Exclaim before we got a beautiful look at his fluke as he dove below the surface.
We then picked up a pair of humpback whales, one of which was a whale named Pivot. This pair also did not spend much time on the surface and we soon moved on to a trio of humpback whales. In this trio we had Northstar, Swallowtail and Perseid’s 2010 calf. This was my first sighting of Perseid’s 2010 calf this year and it was so exciting to see that this one year old whale was doing well! This trio was spending most of their time logging just below or at the surface, but we were treated to a one spinning head breach and a couple of tail breaches!
We also got looks at several other humpback whales (one of which was flipper slapping!) as well as a minke whale moving through the area. It’s amazing to see just one of these endangered animals but to spend so much time with these whales and to get as close to them as we did is really special.
This afternoon’s trip was an exciting one! Our first sighting was of a single humpback whale that was showing us every active behavior in the book: spinning head breaches, tail breaches, chin breaches, flipper slapping and lobtailing. We even had a couple of beautiful breaches on either side of the bow-these breaches were so close that I think the passengers on the bow got wet!
As we looked around our boat we could periodically see big splashes in the distance all around us. The wind picked up this afternoon and we find that we see more breaching behavior when the wind increases. We had sightings of 8-10 other humpback whales around us this afternoon, but we had two other fantastic sighting with single active humpbacks.
One of these whales was Rapier’s 2009 calf, who performed numerous chin breaches and spinning head breaches. We ended our day with another unidentified, breaching humpback whale. When you see a 30-40 ton whale completely clear the water in a breach, you get a sense of how enormous and powerful these animals are! We were so spoiled by these whales this afternoon and it was an fabulous trip.