The weather today started out looking a little menacing but luckily for us, by the time our whale watch got out to sea, the ocean was starting to calm down and the sun came out from behind the clouds, making for fantastic whale watching conditions. Our first sitings were of a few solitary Finback whales who are specialists when it comes to covering great distances very quickly. Even though it is tough to keep up with them, it is a treat to see these giant animals (60-80 feet long!) in their natural environment.
The majority of our time out on Stellwagen Bank was spent with a trio of Humpback whales that included Anvil and Snare. Anvil put on quite a display for us as we observed bubble netting, and kick feeding. It was amazing to see the kind of power these creatures can generate with those massive tail flukes, and getting to see Anvil lift those flukes way out of the water gave everyone on board a fantastic look!
And we weren't the only ones watching these whales closely. There were many eager sea gulls and shearwaters trying to make a meal out of what these humpbacks left behind while they fed.