9 am and 2 pm Whale Watches - Leah
9am Whale Watch
That was definitely the theme of the day. We had a bit of a rough ride off shore today on both the morning and the afternoon trips.
On the morning trip, we had sightings of minke whales and great looks at two finback whales. We also had a spectacular look at a lone humpback whale named Owl. The two finback whales that we saw during the trip were having a great time playing hide and seek, while I was anxiously trying to play show and tell. Silly whales they never listen. Then the humpback whale that we were observing at the end of the trip, was a whale named Owl. Owl has a very distinctive scar on her back in front of her dorsal fin, that looks as if a boat rammed into her. It does not look like a propeller scar but is very deep and very straight. Luckily this whale is still very healthy due to the white coloration of the scar which means it has healed over.
Also, after both whale watching trips from today I got to see our track-log for where we went while off shore and we did an amazing and quite large figure 8 while watching our finbacks throughout the day.
This afternoon's trip was also quite rough and we got to see two finback whales during that trip. Again, the finners were having a bit of fun with us. During this trip we played a great game of tag and we were perpetually "it!" There was no stopping these whales, they would surface, dive and then show up far away or in a completely different area. These finners also didn't spend much time at the surface they were up for about 3 breaths and then dove down again for above 7-10 minutes. They were extremely unpredictable even though we did try our best to out smart the whales.
But we had great passengers on both trip's, everyone seemed to have a blast and they were even teasing me because of the number of times I said the phrase "Hold On!" I just wanted to make sure that everyone was safe and we have to make the best of everything we get out on the water. It is always extremely unpredictable off shore and as long as every one has fun, then that is all that counts.
I quickly just want to thank a NECWA intern who was out on the water today, Kate Davis who got an amazing shot of one of the finbacks from this afternoons trip, that I missed.
Thanks to all the passengers who joined us off shore and to all dads, Happy Father's Day tomorrow!!!