9 am and 2 pm Whale Watches - Leah
Total overall ID's for the trips today: 15 (fifteen)
Names of all Whales involved in today's show: Stub, Ventisca, Abrasion and Calf, Barb, Draco, Elephant, Rattan, Perseid, Bandit, Rocker, Touche, Nimbus and Calf, and Sushi!!!
The audience, I mean passenger's, surely appreciated the show!
While offshore we got some great looks at lot's of sooty shearwaters and greater shearwaters that were feeding along with the whales, then also had a few manx and Cory's shearwaters. Thanks to the members of the South Shore Bird Club who were offshore for their annual Whale and Seabird Watch, I was able to get a little lesson in how to tell the manx and Cory's apart from the greater and sooty shearwaters. We also had a bunch of Wilson's storm petrels offshore with us on our trip. Leah.
9 am trip: trip Blog Written by NECWA intern, Kelsey Pinkham.
It started out as a bright and sunny morning as we were boarding at the dock for our 9 am whale watch. Then while heading offshore we came to find out that there was haze, and quite a cloud cover. As we made our way to the area off of the Highland light we had a very active welcome by many groups of Humpbacks.
It was lunchtime for these guys as we watched Ventisca, Abrasion and her 2012 calf, Stub, and Barb feeding. There were flukes flying out, kick feeding, straining, and of course what we all love to see, breaching!
Breaching is a high activity behavior that is not as common to see compared to other behaviors. The breacher’s of the day are currently unknown due to the distance between the boat and the whales, but it was still quite a sight to see.
The boat was surrounded by various groups of humpbacks pretty much everywhere you looked you were bound to see a whale. Overall this morning was packed with action, and a variety of behaviors!
2 pm trip:
2 pm Trip: Diane Buckbee