Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Today the whales reminded us of their wild nature. Their movements are on their own schedules. Watching a whale in its natural habitat is a special occasion on any given day. This morning we saw a pod of 150 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 4 humpback whales, 6 minke whales and two fin whales. It was a superfecta of sightings!
Atlantic white-sided dolphins
The ocean was so calm that any disturbance on the surface was a trigger to focus on knowing something created it.
Humpback whale surfacing in such pristine conditions
Our humpback whales included familiar individuals Pinball, Hornbill, Clamp and Satula. On our way home we even encountered a couple fin whales giving us such a great perspective of how large whales can truly be.
Pinball
Hornbill
Satula
Large fin whale
This afternoon we headed back out to where our sightings were during the morning hours. However, once we got there it was quiet. The whales had moved and so we did the same. In total we saw 4 minke whales and one humpback whale.
Minke whale
Our humpback whale was a new visitor to the region this season. Breakers the humpback whale was moving through the area. What a unexpected surprise!
Breakers
For our birding friends we also had our first sightings of a northern fulmar and manx shearwaters today!

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