Upon the journey towards Jeffreys Ledge this morning we spotted a few Minke whales pointing them out to all on board as we wanted to get a bit further offshore to search for other Minke whales and other species closer to the Ledge. Once again our fishing boat friends passed along a sighting report to us and slightly altered course after being informed of a couple Fin whales not far from where we were originally were planning to start our search this morning. To our delight we came across a Fin whale mother and her calf!
|Fin whale mother and calf pair going on a deeper dive|
|Currently unidentified female Fin whale mom but still exciting to see her and her calf on Jeffreys!|
|Fin whale calf!|
|Pinball and her calf getting some fresh air|
|Pinball's tail and her calf's dorsal fin|
Our next stop was an area where our friends aboard the Prince of Whales had been shortly before. We came into an area where there were whales everywhere. It was a bit of "whale pandemonium!" Minke whales kept surfacing every which way, we had 3 Fin whales cruising here and there, and a Humpback whale making bubble clouds in the middle of it all! Anywhere you looked there were whales. We are able to identify a few of the animals circling about including Dyad the Humpback whale, another Fin whale mother/calf pair(!!!) #9904 and calf, and potentially even Fin whale #0635! What a way to end a trip.
|Dyad's back and dorsal fin|
|Dyad the Humpback whale|
|Pinball and her calf giving our passengers a great look as the two whales swim across our bow|
|Pinball and her calf going on a deeper dive|
With a quick look at the fish finder we knew why all these whales were close by. There was PLENTY of food in the water! The few snapshots I captured showcase the depth of the water (# in the lower right-hand corner) and the high concentration of food scattered throughout the water column!
|Lots of fish swimming around towards the bottom of the 194ft of ocean we were in!|
|This portion of the ocean contains plenty of fish starting from ~50ft below the surface of the water pretty much straight down to the bottom at 188ft underneath us!|
Our final familiar animal for the day turned out to be one of our many Minke whales we sighted during our day today. I know this photo is a bit tricky to understand but this Minke whale is currently going on a deeper dive (directly away from us) but if you look closely it has a propeller wound on its back. An unfortunate event of interacting with a boat in the past has caused this whale to bear such scars from the interaction but luckily has been able to survive such the ordeal. Great to see "Scar Minke" once again on Jeffreys Ledge as many a "whalehead" knows this animal quite well on Jeffreys Ledge.
|Scar Minke is still going strong!|