This morning we began our day with some very impressive whales holding their breaths. Our first Fin whale was under the water for 16 minutes and even as we eased our way out of the area we still never saw it return up for a few breaths of air. Definitely doing a great job spending time, and probably great distances, over the region under the water. Next even a Minke whale was being elusive. It seemed everything we were seeing wanted nothing to do with us. With a few more spouts out in the distance maybe the third time would be the charm. It worked! We ended up spending time with two Fin whales. It was Ladder (again!) moving through the water with another identified whale, #0926. While this animal does not have a name, it was still fun to see both these large Fin whales circle around before taking off and ultimately splitting apart. We got some great looks at these whales and then pressed on to explore some more areas of Jeffreys Ledge.
|Fin whale #0926|
With more time we continued on and soon spotted another spout. One turned into two and then more. We ended up in an area where we had 3 Fin whales and 1 Humpback whale. Two of the Fin whales were moving in tandem together while the 3rd moved into the area on its own.
|Fin whale pair moving effortlessly along|
|Ballpark the Humpback whale|
|This Fin whale swam just in front of the boat!|
Our next stop was on a Fin whale. This animal was just circling around so we got some great looks at the whale on each side of the boat.
|Fin whale taking a good breath of air|
|Fin whale dorsal fin|
|Ballpark lob-tailing high into the sky|
|Still going strong!|