The day consisted of "Grand Slams" on both trips. We saw and spent time with our four most commonly seen whale species on each of our adventures to Jeffreys Ledge. Any day you see just one whale is wonderful so really to get the chance to see multiple species in such great ocean conditions truly does not get any better.
Our first stop this morning was on a group of Atlantic white-sided dolphins. This pod was generally on the move but diverted course a few times to swim in our wake as we maneuvered in their direction.
|Great day for watching dolphins!|
|Fin whale spout|
|Two of the many Fin whales seen this morning (above and below)|
|Fish swimming/leaping/jumping away!|
|Valley and Fulcrum at the surface while Perseid is off on a deeper dive|
|An unfortunate "band of misfits" as 2 o the 3 whales are basically lacking or have terribly mangled dorsal fins|
Luckily even with the interesting dorsal fins we must all remember these whales are still around, swimming and acting like all the other whales, we see out here. They are alive and well. As we left our trio to continue with their napping behaviors we ended up watching Patches next. This whale was circling around the area and gave us some nice looks as this whale also decided to surface right alongside the boat!
|Patches (above and below)|
Before wrapping up the trip we watched another pair of Humpback whales move into the area. Clipper and Bolide were on the move together.
|Clipper's large and in charge body|
|Bolide going on a deeper dive|
Little did we know with all the whales we had seen and spent time with this morning none of the whales were were the same individuals we saw this afternoon (except we believe for the dolphins!). On our travels back to the ledge this afternoon we once again encountered a group of dolphins. This pod was most definitely larger than our morning groups and yet we believe perhaps our two morning groups may had formed together over the course of the morning hours. A few of the dorsal fin photos captured from this morning's and afternoon's pods verified at least a few of the same dolphins were being seen but regardless we were excited to spend time with such a fun sighting to start off our afternoon.
|Dolphins swimming out in front of the Fin whales|
|Fin whale #0308 at the surface with a few of the "escorting" Atlantic white-sided dolphins!|
The Humpback whales were spending a good bit of time under the water making it a bit challenging to decided where to maneuver the boat to attempt to get a look at any of these whales. Eventually our patience paid off as we got some great looks at a few of these whales circling around. We were able to identity Howler, Jabiru, and Tusk in the area. The others seemed to be surfacing for a single breath so we decided to stick with the whales a bit closer to us.
|Can you find the coyote "howling" at the moon? Hint: the answer is on the right-hand side of this whale's tail|
was the case today when sometimes we can identify these wild whales by
their dorsal fins instead of their pigmented tails for this is Jabiru
the Humpback whale|
Yes there were lots of whales today but the shear number of animals was not what made this day so great. The fantastic weather coupled with some incredible looks at just a few of the many mammals seen today was just the beginning. Having lots of first-time whale watchers, Birthday celebrations, and plenty of familiar returnees along with what Mother Nature had in store for us today is really what made this day so fantastic.