9 am trip:
Both blogs written by NECWA intern Carly Hepburn. Thanks Carly!
Our first pair was Palette and calf. We saw more of the calf at the surface, as Palette was on some deep dives. When Palette surfaced from one particular dive, her calf immediately displayed nursing behavior. Soon Palette will begin teaching her calf to eat small fish in preparation for when the mother and calf separate. A mother and calf pair is the only semi-permanent association with baleen whales such as humpbacks and they will stay together for about one year before separating.