Saturday, June 23, 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The strong winds in the forecast kept us on land this afternoon but it didn't deter us from searching for whales this morning. Amid the ocean waves getting bigger and a good rain shower that traveled with us for most of the way home the ocean was chalk full of marine mammals! We saw 3 harbor seals, 4 pods of harbor porpoises, a large fin whale and that was only miles from home!
Can you find the seal peaking out?
Fin whale
Further offshore we saw 2 small pods of Atlantic white-sided dolphins (approximately 12 individuals in the first pod and 8-10 in the second group), 2 minke whales and 4 humpback whales.
Atlantic white-sided dolphins
We spent time with three of the humpback whales in the area which included Gondolier and Wigwam and her 2018 calf.
Gondolier
The calf stole the show today. Thanks to our Blue Ocean Society interns, Theresa and Austin, they recorded the calf breach 50 times! Wow. That's a lot of energy!
One of the many breaches from the calf this morning!

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