I can't think of a better way to celebrate the longest day of the year than by watching piles of humpback whales actively surface feeding, flipper slapping, breaching and more. Today was an incredible day on both of our trips. Although the whales are a bit of a steam from Rye Harbor, it was well worth the extended trips.
During the morning trip, as we approached the feeding area, we were greeted by lots of large splashes. That's always a great sign! The first whale we came upon was rolling at the surface, and slapping her flippers on the water as she was upside down, on her back.
|Fluke and flipper of Pisces as she rolls on the surface|
We watched her for a bit and soon realized that many more whales were close by. We moved off to see another humpback, and then saw more breaching and feeding in the distance. We pressed on to find a couple pairs of whales, a few single whales, and lots more activity on the horizon.
|5 Humpback whales|
The morning trip was amazing, and the afternoon trip didn't disappoint at all either!
We headed back to the area we were in during the morning trip. We saw a couple of whales right where we left our AM group but as we looked around we saw lots more activity a bit further out so we pressed onward!
Our afternoon travels certainly paid off as soon we found ourselves surrounded by many groups of feeding humpbacks! Nearly every place we looked, we could see green bubble clouds created by the whales as a mechanism to corral their prey.
|2 Feeding Humpbacks|
|2 Humpbacks- one nose, one tail|
|Humpback known as "Thread"|
We can't wait to get back out there tomorrow to see who else shows up!