Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday, July 23

The ocean was pristine as we went in search of whale activity today. This morning we came across whales before we even got past the Isles of Shoals.
Minke whale inshore of the islands
There were multiple Minke whales scooting around the extreme inshore waters! What a nice surprise to start of day with.
Minke whale with New Hampshire in the background
As we made our way offshore we did a bit of searching but came up empty-handed. We always say, if we don't try we won't ever know. While we definitely put in the effort this time the ocean, and whales, won. On on travels home however, we got the chance to spend some time with quite the "regular." Scar was once again spotted today.
Scar!
This afternoon we headed offshore in a slightly different direction then where we had gone this morning thanks to another boat out on Jeffreys Ledge. We are always thankful for all the eyes out on the Ledge letting us know of any whale sightings folks may see in their travels! Well this time our efforts definitely paid off. We ended up seeing an Ocean sunfish, 3 Minke whales and 5 Humpback whales.
Ocean sunfish just below the waterline
Offshore Minke whale
Humpback whale tail
A few of our afternoon whales were individuals we have seen earlier this season while a few others are new visitors to Jeffreys for the year. Our whales included Clamp, Owl and her calf, Piña and Perimeter. We were so excited to see multiple whales in such beautiful ocean conditions.
Owl's calf rolling on its side making its white flipper visible above the ocean's surface while Owl surfaces just beyond her calf
Owl
Clamp
Piña and Perimeter logging at the surface surrounded by such calm sea conditions




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