Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday, September 21

You couldn't ask for better ocean conditions to search for whales today. With minimal wind, at times, the ocean looked more like a lake rather than the open ocean. Today we sighted 4 Fin whales, 8 Minke whales, 3 Humpback whales and 2 different pods of Atlantic white-sided dolphins! We started the day with a small group of 10-12 Atlantic white-sided dolphins. These whales were traveling, creating plenty of white-water, as they surfaced for some breaths of air.
Atlantic white-sided dolphin really moving through the water!
After that we bounced from whale to whale. We checked out a Humpback whale before seeing yet another small pod of ~20 Atlantic white-sided dolphins then finding ourselves surrounded by 4 different Fin whales all the while seeing Minke whales pop up here and there.
First Humpback of the day, A-plus
Fin whale #0723 with Appledore Island in the background
A few of the second group of Atlantic-white sided dolphins we saw today
As you can see there was plenty to look at especially in such beautiful ocean conditions!
Humpback whale in such calm seas
The day wrapped up with a quick glimpse of a pair of Humpback whales. Turns out this pair included our first Humpback whale of the day, A-plus, who was now associated with another Humpback moving around together.
Pair of Humpback whales

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