Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018


We took the day off from whale watching yesterday to let the wind and rain pass by. By “day off”, I really mean we got caught up on boat maintenance and paperwork! 

Today we were refreshed and eager to get back on the ocean searching for whales. The morning trip found three humpback whales: Nine, Pinball and Hornbill as well as some minke whales and a harbor seal. Out of the three, Pinball was sighted the most often as she surfaced frequently to breath and even dove right behind the boat! 
Pinball
Pinball coming in for a close look at us!
Hornbill came in from nowhere and spent a few moments with Pinball before heading off on his own.  
Hornbill
I don’t think I’ve ever seen two of our Adoptable Whales is such close proximity to each other!! Nine, who was seen first, was great but then decided to swim off to the south.
Nine


This afternoon, we started our trip with a group of about 25 Atlantic white sided dolphins just south of the Isles of Shoals. The glassy calm seas were perfect for dolphin viewing as they swam right alongside our boat! Dolphins are only seen on about 20-25% of our trips so we were excited to spot this pod!  


Further out, we came upon a humpback whale named Sedge, and then Pinball again! Our third humpback whale was Gondolier!  Our guests often ask if the morning trip is better than the afternoon trip, or vice versa, but really, we never know what (or who) we will find from trip to trip!  We also had a quick look at a grey seal.
Sedge


Pinball

Spout!

Gondolier
Bird sightings are picking up as well. Today we say Wilson’s storm petrels, northern gannets, great shearwaters, sooty shearwaters, a red necked phalarope in addition to the usual gulls and terns.

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