Sunday, September 30, 2012
September 24, 2012 Whale Watch
12 pm Whale Watch with Tammy
What an amazing whale watch today! We traveled down the backside of Cape Cod on this beautiful day. Our first two sightings were two pairs of humpback whales. One of the pairs included a whale named Gladiator and both animals in this pair were flippering for quite some time.
In this same area we also had fantastic looks at two different minke whales. As we looked around us we could see numerous blows, splashes and circling birds to the east; all signs of feeding whales! We started heading in that direction and on our way, we had a quick look at a single humpback whale named Reflection as she fluked out.
Once we got to our destination, we confirmed that we did have a group of feeding humpbacks! Six to eight humpback whales were surface feeding in groups of 1, 2 and 3. We saw bubble net feeding, kick-feeding, lunging and straining. Whales were coming up all around us with wide open mouths, giving us fantastic looks at their baleen. Sometimes the whales would lunge below the surface, just out of view, but we would see them charging up to the surface with water streaming out of the mouth. In the distance we even saw a chin breach and a full spinning breach!
We had two additional visitors on our trip today: an ocean sunfish and a harbor seal! The ocean sunfish (Mola mola) was swimming (perhaps dangerously!) close to the feeding whales and we could see the dorsal fin of the animal skulling back and forth. This fish looks to be small, maybe around 4-5 ft; ocean sunfish have been reported to reach 10 ft in length. The harbor seal made appearances on either side of our boat, just popping it’s head out of the water and swimming for a bit on the surface. Today’s trip was a real treat for everyone onboard; an incredible four species day! Humpback whales identified include: Gladiator, Reflection, Putter, Ventisca, Pleats, Thumper, Aswan, Sanchal, Longboard, Evolution.