This morning our Fin whale was identified as being #0021. This animal was first spotted on Jeffreys Ledge in 2000 and has such an interesting curvature to its dorsal fin, it didn't take long to match this animal up to one of our known whales in our Blue Ocean Society Fin Whale Catalog.
|Close-up of #0021's dorsal fin|
Our afternoon trip also started out with a Fin whale but it certainly wasn't #0021. This time we got the chance to see Dingle, a Fin whale first seen in 2003 on Jeffreys Ledge.
|Close-up of Dingle's dorsal fin|
It wasn't long before we were once again in the presence of Halfmoon the Humpback whale. Still circling around the area and making bubble clouds we spent most of our time with this animal with the engines shut off just floating nearby.
|Hello again Halfmoon|
greenish looking cloud (and bubbles at the surface) is a feeding
mechanism Atlantic Humpback whales use to catch their food!|
Halfmoon spent so much time circling the area we did not need to move as this whale just kept surfacing nearby allowing us to just float along as Halfmoon made the only noise: breathing and diving. No matter what the species, when you get the chance to float in silence, with the engines shut off, as a whale goes about its day right next to you is by far my most absolute favorite type of experience and something that happens only now and again. It is a moment/minutes like no other.