Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wednesday September 11

Geez, Mother Nature is doing a great job reminding us that summer is still not over! Hot, hot temperatures made for hopping on a boat a great idea to sneak away from the humidity on land today. We dealt with a bit of fog at the start of the trip but ended up breaking free of it further offshore. More visibility and just a bit of wind made looking for whales much more feasible than the fog we initially encountered after leaving the harbor. 11 Minkes and 2 Humpback whales were around as we spent time around Jeffreys Ledge today. Most of the Minke whales were darting around as they were probably in search of lots of whale food; small schooling fish! 
One of the many Minke whales seen popping up all around us
Our Humpback whales on the other hand were the complete opposite. These two whales were super relaxed. So relaxed they were napping! No matter the time of day when a 20+ ton whale wants to sleep, it stops and sleeps. 
Patches and Victim hover at the surface of the ocean; a great indication these whales are getting some rest
These whales remained extremely stationary, bobbing up and down in the water, as the whales, and us, sat there watching them rest. Since the whales were far from exerting energy and swimming in various directions we instead got some incredible looks at their large bodies just below the surface of the ocean. It was a great day to enjoy nature in such a calm and relaxed manor.
Check out the large flipper from our Humpback whales. The green sheen you see are the whales' giant white flippers (they only appear green because of all the plant matter/algae that makes up the base of the food chain in the ocean!)

Victim taking a breath of air as Patches goes on a dive

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