Monday, September 10, 2012
September 6, 2012 Whale Watch
12 pm Whale Watch with Tammy
As we left Plymouth Harbor we had partly sunny skies and almost flat calm seas. We headed down the backside of Cape Cod, just south of Stellwagen Bank. Our first sighting was of a single humpback whale named Music. We saw Music go down on several dives as it leisurely traveled to the east. As we held our position for Music to surface we noticed that we had several other humpbacks moving into the area. One of these whales turned out to be a humpback named Longboard and lucky for us that Longboard was feeling a little inquisitive this morning! Longboard came right over to our boat to hang out with us for awhile and we had amazing, up-close- and- personal looks at Longboard.
We next spent a bit of time with a mother humpback whale, Habenero and her calf of this year. Both mom and calf were logging or resting at the surface. Whales do not sleep like we do because they need to think about each breath that they take. Instead, whales can shut down parts of their brain at one time while they rest. Habenero and calf peacefully rested at the surface for the whole time we were with them.
In this same area we could see whales all around our boat and numerous blows in the distance. There were likely 15-20 whales spread out in this vicinity. We ended our trip with a group of four humpback whales traveling together. Two of the whales in this group were flippering or raising their long white pectoral flippers into the air and smashing them down on the surface. One of the flippering whales was named Wave and Elephant was also in this group. All four whales swam right by our boat and under our bow. It was incredible to see the four massive humpbacks swimming right next to each other. It was a fantastic way to end our trip.