|Very interesting back and dorsal fin from this Humpback whale|
We also got the chance to spend time with a pair of Humpback whales before heading home. It was Boomerang and her calf. Boomerang was first seen in 1991, making this whale at least 21 years old, and I do believe this is her first calf!
|Boomerang and her calf|
|Boomerang's calf's tail!|
On our ride in, even though we were out of time, we ventured over to a couple more Humpback whales to snap a few photos to obtain identification shots of these mammals. To our delight it was Valley and Dice swimming through the ocean together. Dice was last seen on Jeffreys Ledge in 2009 and of course enjoyed the fact that this animal has returned to the area once again to find some food.
Our afternoon trip took us to the same area from this morning. Interestingly enough almost all the whales we saw this afternoon were none of the same whales we had spent time with this morning! Only Valley and Dice were "repeats" but they were no longer associated with each other. Actually during the time we spent in the area we had a few different pairings of whales. First we spent time with Geometry (thanks Orla for the ID!) and Mudskipper.
|Badge and Flamingo continue traveling together as they surface for some air|
|Valley on her way into the depths of the ocean|
With quite the chaotic excitement and a little bit more time left in our trip we left our 5 whales and moved to a few more spouts we had been keeping an eye out on in the distance. Two more Humpback whales were in the area. But alas the next whale to surface wasn't a Humpback whale. A Fin whale suddenly made itself known. It was Dingle, a very well-known Fin whale that certainly likes to spend time on Jeffreys Ledge. As quickly as Dingle had surfaced it disappeared and there we sat awaiting for the next spout to be seen.
|Dingle as it passes us by!|