9 am and 2 pm Whale Watches - Leah
9 am trip:Today was a great day offshore, it was a bit windy but still a nice beautiful day out on the water. This mornings trip surprised us with a wonderful sight that I hadn't seen in a while. We had a pod of about 40-50 Atlantic white-sided dolphin today to start off our trip. One of the NECWA interns got an amazing shot of three of the dolphins swimming together and the one in the foreground of the photo is a baby dolphin, thanks Michael.
We also had a seal that gave us a short visit.
After moving off the dolphins we had Boomerang and calf, which were enjoying traveling around the area. This calf had been very active just the other day, but this morning, the calf was sticking close to mom's side. As Boomerang fluked out next to the boat, we got a chance to see just how big and beautiful her tail is. That black and white pattern on the underside (ventral side) of her fluke is unique to this individual and is how we identify her, along with her very hooked dorsal fin.
Then we found Columbia, stayed with this whale for a while and then moved and ended our trip with Freckles and Orbit. Columbia is a mature female who was first seen in 1980. She has had 9 calves since that time and is a favorite of whale watchers each season. How interesting that Freckles, Orbit and Columbia are all mature females who have each raised calves in our New England waters.