With grey skies looming in Rye harbor, we were unsure of what to expect when we left the dock in search of whales. After passing the Isles of Shoals, we headed towards a shouthern area of Jeffrey's Ledge and found several whales throughout our travels. We started with not 1, but 2 very nice Minke whales and thought they were a great way to start our trip. Shortly after spending time with our Minke whales, we saw an exhalation from a larger whale not to far away from where we were. In the interest of time, we decided to see if we could spend time with the larger whale and I'm glad we did! It turned out to be a very large Fin whale and it wasn't long before we realized who it was. I'm happy to report that Dingle has returned to Jeffrey's Ledge, for yet another feeding season! Today was the first time we have documented that Dingle has returned and it was great to share the happy news with all our passengers.
Dingle seemed to be travelling in several different directions every time the whale would return to the surface and it didn't take long to figure out why. Photographed below is our fish finder. It does not help us find whales, but it does track bait fish and other food items underneath the surface of the water and there was a whole lot of food in this particular area.
The more time we spent in the area, the more whales we started to see. Before long, we had found 6 different Minke whales, and 3 different Fin whales. The food was plentiful and the whales were taking full advantage. What a great way to spend our day. As we headed for home, our course took us through some rain showers, but everyone did great. Thank you to all our passengers for joining us today and for helping us tract a familiar friend who has retunred to the Ledge for another feeding season.
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