Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The skies were clear and the seas calm for our first fall whale watch! Today we saw three humpback whales, two minke whales and a couple of seals.
Minke whale
Harbor seal
Our first humpback whale of the day was on the move. This whale was traveling along and unfortunately never raised its tail; a whale on a mission.
First humpback whale of the trip
We then watched a few minke whales circle around us while a couple of seals popped up here and there. The day wrapped up with pair of humpback whales, Chromosome and Tornado, slowly maneuvering around together.
Pair of humpback whales
Tornado
With fall officially here cooler temperatures are not far behind so layers will be key out on the open ocean. We are not whale watching tomorrow (9/24) due to strong winds so until next time!
Diving whale

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

It has been a very windy week so we were ready to go whale watching. We did a bit of searching today as whales were void in areas they have recently been. Don't be shocked by this. Whales are wild animals and move where and when they want to. We must react to their unknown movements and ultimately ended up seeing some new and still familiar whales during our travels. We saw 12 humpback whales, two ocean sunfish and a pod of 50 Atlantic white-sided dolphins.
Pair of humpback whales
Whale tail
Ocean sunfish subsurface
Dolphin on the move
We were able to identify some of the whales seen including Chromosome, Owl, Tornado, Valley, Ravine, Tear and Fan. Using the unique black and white pigmentation patterns on the underside of humpback whale tails allows us to determine each individual in the area. Look below to see how different these pigments can be!
Owl's tail pattern
Valley's unique pigmentation


Fan's almost all white tail
We returned to a beautiful moon rise in the harbor on this Autumnal Equinox

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Today the ocean was calm and the skies were clear; perfect conditions for spotting wildlife! During our trip we saw multiple seals, four minke whales, seven humpback whales and an ocean sunfish.
Napping harbor seal
Whale tail
Ocean sunfish
Some whales were busy circling around the area, others napping or even flipper-slapping sporadically.
Humpback whale flipper-slapping in flat calm seas
Trio of humpback whales at the surface
Of the whales we spent time with today we were able to identify Owl, Tear, Daffodil and Spell. So many creatures to look at in their natural habitat!
Owl
Humpback whale snout poking out above the surface
White flipper from one whale while another swims nearby

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The fog lingered around again today but conditions were much more manageable to search for and find whales! In total we saw nine humpback whales, three minke whales, at least 30 Atlantic white-sided dolphins and three harbor seals.
Dolphins zipping through the water
Pair of humpback whales
Harbor seal surfacing near the boat
Most of our whales were being mellow but one, Shuffleboard, showcased impressive aerial activities. This whale breached multiple times and when it was not breaching had plenty of energy to flipper-slap instead.
Shuffleboard breaching
Massive flipper in the air
Another breach!
Other known whales included Valley, Ravine, Owl, Tear and Patches.
Valley
Owl
Tear

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wed, Sept 12, 2018

Finally, we were able to get back out on the ocean after days of being tied to the dock. The weather hasn't been nice lately, hence we've been spending our days on land. Today we got to venture out and found over a dozen humpback whales!  Although some of our whales were sleepy, we did get some views of whale tails as they dove!  A minke whale was seen briefly as well!





Monday, September 10, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Saturday's weather was just manageable enough to squeak a trip in before the ocean really began to get angry! We spent time with five humpback whales offshore. We first came upon a pair, Shuffleboard and Churn, doing what whales do. They would surface for a handful of breaths of air then dive for a few minutes at a time. This is standard whale behavior and what we expect to see once we find whales. In the area, a third humpback whale could be seen occasionally spouting in the distance. It wasn't long before we saw other activity making BIG splashes on the horizon. We headed that way and found Chromosome and Grommet being very active individuals! Both were breaching and flipper-slapping displaying very impressive, and unexpected, sights consistently.
One whale breaching while the other begins to raise its flipper in the air
Chromosome breaching
Flipper-slapping
Whales have a mind of their own (obviously, remember they are wild animals) so being in the right place at the right time is definitely a special treat.
More breaching
Another flipper in the air
On our trip home we spotted the same whales from earlier but now that third whale had joined up with our original pair. We got a quick glance as Shuffleboard, Churn and Spell all went on dives.
Churn and Shuffleboard
Diving whale
Before returning to the harbor we even got a chance to check out an ocean sunfish.
Ocean sunfish
The weather is far from ideal now so we will patiently wait for the next opportunity to see what wildlife has in store for us.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday, Sept 7, 2018


Friday’s trip started out with some wind and seas from the northeast which diminished over the day. Our first few whales were just doing some slow sub-surface traveling, so not really spending much time at the surface, and not lifting their flukes.   A forth whale came up about a half mile away, but also didn’t feel like lifting its flukes.   Then we found the humpback whale named Spell (likely named after her mom, who is named Wizard).  Spell was hard to ignore as she tail-lobbed dozens of times and then surprised us all with a breach!  As she was tail-lobbing, another whale approached her, and then approached us! Not sure who this mystery friend was, but it was certainly close!   Not far away we saw Crossbeam, and then I.T.   Another whale we have yet to ID gave us great looks at its flukes, and then we saw Measles and Palindrome.  A minke whale and several harbor seals were spotted throughout the trip, and on our way home, we encountered a pod of about 40 Atlantic white sided dolphins, and then a small group of harbor porpoises!  Great day!!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy Labor Day! Time continues to go by faster than it should sometimes. Temperatures today felt more like mid-August than September but the whales of course don't mind. During our trip we saw 10 humpback whales, two minke whales, a pair of fin whales, a pod of 15-20 Atlantic white-sided dolphins and a couple of seals. Many of our mammal sightings were napping, maybe enjoying the same weather conditions we were experiencing.
Sleeping harbor seal
Our first whale of the day approached our boat a few times getting some incredible looks at this mellow whale.
Humpback whale swimming towards us
Humpback whale checking us out (while we floated on the surface with our engines off of course!)
Our pair of fin whales were being a little stealthy and further offshore more pairs and trios of humpback whales were napping.
Fin whale
Trio of humpback whales
Some of our humpback whales included Spoon, Spoon's 2018 calf, Chromosome, Owl, I.T., Jabiru, Sigma, Chablis and Chinook.
Owl
Our dolphins were in small sub-pods and occasionally became associated with the humpback whales scattered around.
Atlantic white-sided dolphin
We are heading into our fall whale watching schedule so continue to check out our updates as our trips run through Columbus Day weekend!
Whale tail