Saturday, July 28, 2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018

There was a variety of life to be seen today which is one of the many reasons why we love Jeffreys Ledge. Such a plethora of possibilities! This morning we saw eight minke whales, humpback whales Dyad and her 2018 calf, an ocean sunfish and a brief glimpse of a white-beaked dolphin!
Minke whale
Humpback whale diving
An ocean sunfish trying to blend in
Minimal wind made the ocean surface so flat you could enjoy any, and all life, that showed itself.
Minke whale surfacing
Dyad and her calf
Unfortunately, the lone white-beaked dolphin was so unpredictable I was unable to capture any photos. I wonder if it is the same one we sighted almost two weeks ago on July 16, 2018? Regardless, what a very unexpected surprise.

This afternoon we saw three minke whales, a trio of fin whales and Dyad and her calf again. Our fin whales were on the move and impressive to watch synchronizing their movements together.
Massive fin whale bodies above the waterline
Two of our fin whales have been identified as Ladder and #0354. Both familiar whales for the area and fun finds to see!
Ladder the fin whale!
Two of our three fin whales, including #0354 in the foreground
Our humpback whale pair we spent time with later on in the trip, Dyad and her calf, were seen nursing for a short period of time.
Dyad's calf (left) and Dyad (right)
Another added bonus for the day was the bird life we sighted. A scattering of petrels, shearwaters (cory's, greats and a manx!) and gannets were sighted.
Petrels "dancing" on the surface this morning
We also had our first sightings of a jaeger, two to be exact, this afternoon! Can't wait to see what the open ocean has in store for us tomorrow!
Jaeger
Our two jaegers on the move

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