Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday, July 8

Our morning and afternoon trips could not have been more different. But it wasn't because of our sightings it was truly because of the weather conditions. This morning we felt the remnants of the windy conditions from yesterday as the ocean provided a bit of a swell. However, as the day went on the swell began to subside, the wind dropped and the ocean became lake-like. Absolutely gorgeous. This morning we started with a pair of Fin whales. It was a mother and her calf! But little did we know these whales ended up being about as uncooperative as you could think. We waited, and waited and waited some more for these whales to resurface. After spending a lot of time searching and only a few glances actually gazing at whales we decided to cut our losses and move on. Glad we did for we ended up in an area where we had 2 Minke whales moving around being wonderfully cooperative.
Minke whale
Nose/snout of  a Minke whale breaking the surface!
Our second Minke whale was a very familiar whale. It was Scar, a whale that has been seen on Jeffreys Ledge since 1995! That's 20 years of seeing this Minke whale; the most documented Minke in our area that is for sure!
As the ocean conditions continued to improve this afternoon we started to see even more and more life during our travels. In total we saw 4 Minke whales, 6 Ocean sunfish, 1 Blue shark, 1 Basking shark, Pinball the Humpback whale and 8 Harbor seals.
One of the many Ocean sunfish seen this afternoon

Basking shark
One of our afternoon Minke whales
Our morning and afternoon trips provided their own fantastic finds and with some wonderful sights we wrapped up another great day on Jeffreys Ledge.

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