Thursday, May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

Our annual school trip with Indian River was today. We were treated by a great group of Atlantic white-sided dolphins which were initially associated with a humpback whale.
Eventually the two types of whales split. The dolphins continued on their zippy way while we spent time with Lacey the humpback whale circling around the area.
Humpback whale diving
As the holiday weekend approaches our next public trips are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 11am. Layer up and see you then!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 18-19, 2019

We were treated to many familiar sights during our trip on Saturday. We saw 2 minke whales, 5 humpback whales and two fin whales during our travels to Jeffreys Ledge.
Humpback whale
Fin whale spout
We checked out a trio of mostly-napping humpback whales (Valley, Bungee and Spoon) while Hornbill and Owl were independently moseying around nearby. Then ended the day with a great look at one of the fin whales passing by.
Two of the three humpback whales
Welcome back Owl!
Fin whale
On Sunday, we were planning on heading back to the same area where whales had been the day before. The ocean however, had its own plan. The wind and waves were working against us, the rain was not providing much joy, and ultimately we knew this is not what whale watching is all about. So we headed for home, and with the wind and waves at our back, had a much more pleasant ride in. We look forward to having our passengers join us on a less windy and less wavy day in the future.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Opening weekend, 2019!

Happy Mother's Day! We had a nice opening weekend filled with whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and seabirds! Saturday was the first day of whale watching for us after a very long winter! We were more than excited (as were many of our guests on board) to head out to Jeffreys Ledge to see what was out there. After a little searching, we found a humpback whale feeding using bubble clouds to concentrate her prey. Also in the area, but really hard to see, were dozens of northern gannets, dolphins, porpoises and even a very stealthy sei whale!

Today, Mother's Day, started out glassy-calm, allowing for us to spot several pods of harbor porpoises, a couple of harbor seals, some Atlantic white sided dolphins and a minke whale before the winds picked up a touch. Further off shore, we found a humpback whale who was enjoying staying under water for 12+ minutes at a time. Eventually, after a lot of patience, we were able to get close enough to identify this whale. It was good ol' NAHWC 0050!! Welcome back!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018

How time flies. Today was our final trip for the 2018 season. Our sightings included two minke whales, checking out two of the four humpback whales in the area, seeing 6-8 harbor seals, getting a brief look at a blue shark and spending time with a pod of 8-10 Atlantic white-sided dolphins. Such a variety of marine life to enjoy wrapping up another year.
Harbor seal swimming by
Hornbill the humpback whale
Two humpback whales passing by one another
It may be the last trip of the season but we have never seen this before... a wood duck swimming around offshore!?!?!?
Did you know we had a 100% success rate of whale sightings this season? We go on A LOT of trips and aim to strive for a perfect season. While we know there were a few trips we had to turn around early for, during all of our full trips we saw whales, a feat that can be tough to accomplish. So thank you whales for providing so many spectacular memories this season. We must equally thank all of our passengers for scanning the horizon, helping spot whales and experiencing these magnificent wild mammals. We are so thankful for those of you that return year after year, sharing your enthusiasm with other surrounding passengers. To the first-timers and the awe in your eyes witnessing these creatures closeup. To those that appreciate all that the world holds and the natural beauty surrounding us. To the young and "not so young" and all those in between thank you for joining us this year. We appreciate you choosing us and hope to see you all again in the future.
The clouds looked liked waves today!
Humpback whale diving

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Today was a wonderful start to the final weekend of the season. Our trip began with a pod of 40 Atlantic white-sided dolphins. This group was just moseying around so we got some great looks at these toothed-whales before heading further offshore.
Our dolphins were in such a tight-knit group!
Atlantic white-sided dolphins
We then spent time with 4 of the 7 humpback whales in the area, saw a plethora of seals and even a minke whale surfaced occasionally.
Spoon in the foreground while Jabiru surfaces just beyond
Spoon flipper-slapping
Some whales were holding their breath longer than others but once at the surface, viewing these wild animals were spot on!
Spoon and her calf
Bird life was equally as plentiful with northern gannets, shearwaters, and even a couple of northern fulmars! Our fingers are crossed our final trip will hold just as many special moments tomorrow!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Yesterday, after spending some time with sleepy Spoon and her calf, we began to investigate other blows in the area. As soon as we started to move away from the pair, the calf breached twice!! A little later on, Spoon and her calf moved into the area with 3 other humpback whales including Hornbill! The calf breached yet again while Spoon began flipper-slapping over and over! Hornbill was moving around a bit, changing directions constantly. Our fish finder showed LOTS of bait fish around us. Minke whales were in the area and even a sleeping harbor seal was seen. Harbor porpoises were spotted briefly on the way to and from the whales. Activity continues into the fall!!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

The cool northeast breeze reminded us it is October, but our passengers were prepared in coats and hats and even the raindrops held off until the last few miles from home. The whales, of course, were unfazed by it all. Today we spent time with a trio of humpback whales consisting of Valley, Nile and Sword.
Nile and Valley
We even had a surprise surfacing of another pair of humpback whales as Grommet and Geometry were moseying through the area.
Other humpback whales were scattered around the region and we even had a harbor seal swim by the boat at one point.
Harbor seal
We are down to our last week of whale watching for the season soaking in everything Jeffreys Ledge continues to share!
Diving whale