Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

What an incredible day. The ocean got better and better with each passing hour. The birds were flying and the whales were plentiful. This morning we saw 3 minke whales, 8-10 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 7 humpback whales and a distant look at a fin whale on our way home.
Minke whale
While our group of dolphins were on the smaller size we got some great looks at these toothed-whales before heading out to Jeffreys Ledge where even more life was waiting for us.
Atlantic white-sided dolphins
Next we spent time with humpback whales Clamp, Hornbill, Pinball, Furrows, Satula and Wigwam and her 2018 calf. So many fantastic individuals!
Clamp
The first sighting of Pinball for us this season!
Satula
The whales were busy zigging and zagging in every which direction as we attempted to check out as much as time allowed us.
Wigwam and her calf
Humpback whale tail
This afternoon we headed back offshore to see 2 minke whales and 6 humpback whales. To our surprise our first humpback whale was not even one we had seen during our morning travels. The trip started with Gondolier moseying around.
Gondolier
We then saw Pinball, Clamp, Hornbill and Furrows.
Pinball
Flat calm seas as a humpback whale exhales
We even spotted another humpback whale on our way home but we have not been able to positively identify that individual. Today also marked the best pelagic birding of the season. Several great shearwaters and Wilson's storm petrels were sighted on both trips.
Could you ask for nicer conditions to view wildlife? Here a great shearwater sits on the flat calm sea
Can you find the Wilson's storm petrel flying above this whale's tail?
There were even a few sooty shearwaters spotted on our morning trip. What a great day in the Gulf of Maine with wonderful weather and wonderful wildlife.

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