Turns out the Humpbacks weren't the only pair around the area. Of the three Fin whales spotted this morning two of them were swimming alongside each other, but this time the pair wasn't a mother and her calf. It was two adult Fin whales. Ladder(!) a whale more than 31 years old was swimming with Prong, a whale first sighted on Jeffreys Ledge in 2000. To watch one large Fin whale nearby is impressive but to throw into the mix a second of the second largest creatures in the world is an experience.
This afternoon the wind was clearly not the 5-10 knots that had been forecasted for the day (as anyone on board could attest to) as the waves and wind churned up the ocean. The wind had finally found its way back to the area as we have been getting spoiled with such flat seas recently. But the wind did not deter the whales. And for that matter, it did not deter our passengers as little did we know what was in store for us. News of Pinball and her calf was updated to the boats this afternoon since in just a few hours this pair was being seen in a different location than where they had been spotted just this morning. Soon we ventured towards the area. Even as we started to get close you could see the splashing in the distance. One of the whales was being quite active. The behaviors continued as Katie our intern with the Blue Ocean Society on board recorded 31 different breaches for the short period of time we spent watching this pair. It was the calf that decided to launch just about every part of its body above the ocean world: tail, head, and its full body out for all to see.
|Pinball's calf's lower jaw and visible pleats (lines/ridges running lengthwise down this whale)|
|Pinball's calf from tip to tail|
|The aftermath of what the ocean looks like when a whale returns to the water after being airborne|
|White flippers and all above the water|
calf opened its mouth during this head breach showcasing its baleen
plates (hanging from the upper jaw) to multiple boats|
|More leaps out of the water|
|Sedge's dorsal fin|