It was my first trip back aboard the Granite State for the season and I was very excited to be back. The sky was grey and it was a bit windy on land, but that did not deter our passengers from coming aboard to join us for yet another adventure. As we made it further off shore in search of whales, the wind did not let up. It made for a bumpy ride, but the whales did not disappoint. Our first whales of the day were 2 Fin whales and it wasn't long before we realized how special these two whales were. One of the Fin whales appeared to be much smaller than the other and we were happy to see that it was a mother and her new baby! This is the first cow, calf Fin whale pair to be discovered this season and it's always a great sign to see new life on Jeffrey's Ledge. Our cow, calf pair stayed along the surface for quite awhile and mom never let her baby out of her sight.
Another Humpback whale moved into the area, but we decided to stay with Halfmoon for the rest of our time offshore. We were able to identify this whale by photo-identification and it turned out to be an adult female named Pregunta, born in 1990!