With more time we eased our way out of the area to go investigate more spouts we were seeing. Ends up we came across a pair of Humpback whales. It didn't take long for both whales to move off in different directions so we ended up staying with one, Vault, before this whale started moving exactly towards the area we had just left minutes before. A few more looks and we went in search of the other Humpback whale in the area.
Two spouts off our port side turned into a trio of Humpback whales. As we spent time watching these mammals move through the water we got some incredible looks as they all swam in synchrony. We were able to identify these animals as Cinder, Hippocampus, and Alligator in cahoots with each other this afternoon.
|Our trio of Humpback whales today|
With a bit more time we continued on and once again eased our way towards more whales. We ended the day with three more Humpback whales sporadically surfacing all around the boat. We are still working on a match for one whale (a Type 5 tail, almost all black, which can be very tricky to positively identify!) but did identify our other critters swimming around us. We were once again in the presence of a new visitor to Jeffreys Ledge this year. Emoticon was busy circling around the area.
|Even from a distance Emoticon has such a distinct black and white pattern we still could positively identify this Humpback whale|
Emoticon was circling around the area and even from a distance guess what was visible? Another cloud was forming at the surface. Lots of whales and lots of digested food from so many of our whales today.
Our final, and other, whale in the area was actually a repeat sighting. Looks like Flyball and ourselves were on the same course as we got a quick look, and tail, from this whale.
|Flyball eventually decided to raise its tail as this Humpback whale went on a deeper dive|
We had a day full of wildlife that continues to provide newcomers for the 2012 season as we spent the first full day of Fall out on the water today. This season certainly has been a great one and we are not done yet. We'll be eagerly awaiting our next trip out next week to see just what, and who, will be out there for us to see!