Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday, October 6

As we head into our last weekend of the 2017 season we could not have asked for a better day. The ocean was calm and life was abundant!
Our favorite kind of conditions: cloudy skies and calm seas. This combination sets up for a beautiful backdrop for scenery and spotting whale spouts!
We saw 17 fin whales, 14 humpback whales, an ocean sunfish, a pod of 50 Atlantic white-sided dolphins and a minke whale! These whale numbers don't even include the continuous scattering of spouts we saw out in the distance all throughout the trip. So much to watch and witness.
Fin whale feeding at the surface

Two fin whales are creating all this wave-action in this photo!
Atlantic white-sided dolphins
Almost every single one of our baleen whales were lunge feeding; taking full advantage of the bountiful amount of food offshore.
Fin whale tail as this whale was lunging through the water
Four humpback whales open-mouth feeding
Most whales were grouped up working together to feast on all the food. A rarity of a day to see the shear number of whales we did, the feeding behaviors we experienced and the variety of life in the Jeffreys Ledge area. Every trip provides special moments and today was no exception.
Pair of humpback whales feeding
Fin whale
Humpback whale
After all of our offshore activity, on our way home we came across a pod of dolphins!

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