This morning between seeing 11 different Minke whales throughout our travels today we also got the chance to see more marine life before we even got to Jeffreys Ledge.
can even tell Minke whales apart from each other based on their dorsal
fin shapes. Two of the many different Minke whales we spotted this
morning (above and below)
|Fin whale mom #9904 (above) and her calf (below)|
As we made our way offshore we passed a few more Fin whales as we came into an area where 2 Humpback whales and another Fin whale were working the area! The Humpback whale pair was another mom/calf pair! One trip and two species of mothers and their calves....AWESOME. While the Humpback whales, Cardhu and her calf, swam around a Fin whale was utilizing the abundance of food too as both Carhdu and the Fin whale were leaving indications of feeding behaviors on the surface for us.
|Cardhu's calf surfacing and spending some time right next to the boat while mom was searching for fish!|
This afternoon we were heading offshore when once again plenty of Minke whales surfaced near by. Knowing there were more Minke whales, and other species, further offshore we chanced the fact of passing by a few of these animals to give us a bit more time offshore in case other critters had moved around the area a bit. Luckily we were able to find 4 Fin whales and 3 Humpback whales during our afternoon excursion. We got a really nice look at one of the Fin whales as it spent time surfacing just along side the boat, surprising many of us as it would effortlessly rise to the surface with barely a ripple on the water and exhale at a rate of 300mph! Now that's a lot of air and ultimately quite the noise especially when you are not expecting it!
|Dorsal fin of our sneaky close Fin whale|
We pressed further offshore and got a chance to spend time with Cardhu and her calf again.
calf crashing through the waves as it surfaces with its lower jaw
slightly extended all the while staying right alongside mom|
|Cardhu's calf being "just like mom"|
Before turning for home we saw one last spout out in the distance and wanted to go investigate it. There was another Humpback whale near by. Beyond this whale we even saw a spout from another Fin whale but we were already 25 miles from home and we needed to head back to land soon. Luckily we got the chance to snap a quick picture of our other Humpback whale in the area. It is another whale to add to the list for 2012 sightings. Backstroke, a whale seen on Jeffreys Ledge in 2010 is back once again. Nice seeing you again Backstroke!
|Backstroke's unique pigmentation pattern!|