|Atlantic white-sided dolphin swimming right at the surface of the ocean|
|Nothing beats capturing a dolphin jump out of the water!|
|When you snap a photo of a whale and the Isles of Shoals in the same picture you know you are still close to home!|
|The dorsal fin and front portion of one very large Basking shark|
Once on the ledge we came into an area where we've been seeing whales recently and suddenly more whale spouts started to appear. Whether the same whales we still around or not, animals were still near by! As we eased our way into the area we saw 3 more Fin whales and 1 Humpback whale. The Fin whales were being a bit sporadic and having not gotten the chance yet to see a Humpback whale we made our way over to this particular species. Instantly we knew who we were watching. Crystal was surfacing in extremely tight circles. Not only was this whale doing some feeding, as indicated by the remnants of bubble clouds rising to the surface, this whale was also leaving behind brown clouds! Whale poop was dissipating on the surface almost every time this whale was at the surface. Bubble clouds and whale defecation... all great signs of lots of whale food in the area!
|Crystal and a small brown cloud appearing just in front of this whale's tail|
This afternoon we headed out towards the Ledge where we had seen so much whale acitivty only to find just one thing had remained the same. The crazy amounts of food we were picking up on our fish finder was insane. Large patches of bait were everywhere and while we saw none of the same whales we had spotted in the morning there was still plenty to look at. We first started with a single Fin whale which turned into two as well as 3 Minke whales darting around the area. Whales surfaced on the left, right, front, and back, making everyone's head turn in the best way possible!
|One of our Fin whales this afternoon|
|Fin whale #9904's dorsal fin and its calf's spout above the water|
As we headed for home we made a slight diversion as we came across another pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins! This group consisted of 100 individuals including lots of young whales moving through the water. As they travelled into the waves they provided an incredible look as they jumped and charged their way through the ocean. What an incredible way to end an already incredible day.
|One small dolphin + one large dolphin = so much fun to watch!|
|Dolphins on the move (above and below)!|
Many thanks to our returning friends, family, and new acquaintances that joined us today. Both trips were so fantastic in their owns ways that I hope it was nearly impossible not to enjoy time spent with the life out on Jeffreys Ledge today!