Tuesday, October 23, 2012
October 23, 2012 Whale Watch
12 pm Whale Watch with Leah
Also offshore we saw many Northern Gannets and Greater and Manx Shearwater's, and we also had a cute little yellow finch, which is definitely not a seabird, that was hanging out with us.
Today's trip was wonderful and beautiful!! We had a bit of a roll while we were on our way offshore but that calmed right down once we got on the whales. We traveled more north today than where we have been usually watching our whales, which was a nice change in pace. When we got out to the whales we tried to watch a very low profile whale which was coming to the surface once and then diving right back down on 15-20 minute dives. We left that one to watch a very surface active pair which turned out to be Thalassa and her calf.
The calf was very actively coming over to us and visiting. It was a spectacular sight to see such amazingly large animals move so gracefully around us. Also it was great to be able to track these whales under the boat by seeing the flippers underwater looking so green because of the phytoplankton in the water.
The calves activity of staying close by to us also convinced mom to stay right near us as well and it was nice to be held hostage for a short period of time by these two. They were very friendly!
This little guy landed on my shoulder and was pecking at my earring before moving on to my hood and trying to nest. Then after we got this shot, left my sweatshirt landed on passenger, left him and then landed on another passenger named Pete, shown below. Unfortunately for Pete, this bird left him a small present on his jacket, but luckily he was a good sport about it.
Overall, I must say this whale watch was a great trip and I am very sad to see this season is getting very close to the end!! It went by way to quickly, but I can't wait till next year!
Humpback whales identified: Thalassa and calf.