9 am trip:
After leaving Orbit, we headed south ourselves just as the rain started to come down. Whales don't worry about the rain since they are wet anyways, and neither did we. Our spirits stayed strong and focused as we looked for our next sighting.
As we approached the southern due of Stellwagen Bank, we found two humpback whales that were traveling together. One humpback was very easy to identify for it has prop scars running along its upper back. This is a whale named Fulcrum who is an adult female whale who was born in 1997 to a mother named Chimney. Fulcrum has had two calves, but this year she is on her own.
Fulcrum was hit by a boat resulting in Fulcrum's dorsal fin being cut to shreds. It is amazing that this whale survived considering that the spinal cord runs along the upper back of the animal. But survive she did and Fulcrum's injuries are not considered life-threatening.