9 am and 2 pm Whale Watches - Krill
|Loon tail breaching.|
|Minke whale surfacing next to the boat.|
|Tunicate surfacing off the bow of the boat.|
|Loon beginning her tail breach.|
Our next sighting was of 3 humpback whales, 2 humpback whales we identified as Circuit and Loon were associated with one another while the 3rd humpback whale identified as Reflection was traveling alone. All three of these humpback whales are females and have mothered at least 1-2 calves. We were able to get good looks of Reflection as she fluked out before diving deep underwater. Our group of 2 humpbacks were both logging, and we also were able to see both of these whales fluke out as well. After watching our group of 2 for a short while Loon did 2 tail breaches! A tail breach is when a whale will lift its tail out of the water and then forcible slap it back down onto the surface of the water.
|Loon fluking out.|
|Ventral tail pattern of Loon.|
|Ventral tail pattern of Circuit.|
Humpback whales identified include: Reflection, Tunicate, Circuit and Loon. Seabirds observed offshore include: Wilson's storm petrels, Cory's shearwaters, greater shearwaters and common terns.
|Race Point Beach.|
|Race Point Beach.|
2 pm trip: Blog written by NECWA intern Carly Hepburn.
We had an exciting afternoon offshore today with great views of humpback whales and minke whales. Our first sighting was of 2 humpback whales who were in the same area as one another but not associated.
|Humpbacks traveling together.|
|Reflection and Penninsula.|
|Convict coming towards out boat.|
|Convict fluking out.|
Also off shore we saw many seabirds including Wilson's Storm Petrel, Greater Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Shooty Shearwater, and Common Terns. Humpback whales identified include: Spirit, Buzzard, Elephant, Skateboard, Loon, Circuit, Convict, Hazard, Reflection, Penninsula, and Manhattan.
|Fluke out dive by unidentified humpback whale.|