This morning we had a few sneaky Minke whales popping up. We would see them out in the distance, make our way over to the area, and then poof gone. This didn't happen just once, it kept on happening almost every time we attempted to watch one. Eventually we got a couple good looks at our Minke whales as we traveled throughout areas of Jeffreys Ledge where we've recently been spending time with the whales. We ended up doing a bit of searching as the whales clearly had moved (which is sometimes the result after passing through the area and seeing no sign of whale life anywhere) and so we ventured on. We did end up spending time with two Fin whales in addition to our elusive Minke whales over the course of our trip.
|One large portion of this Fin whale as it swims from right to left!|
This afternoon we decided to head to a different section of Jeffreys Ledge to search for whale activity since it was such a nice day. Our first two animals were Minke whales as we ended up getting some very nice looks while these animals were circling the area (and the boat) allowing all of our passengers to see such a whale.
|Crazy close look as this Minke whale decides to bring lots of its body above the waterline (swimming from right to left)|
Our friends aboard the Prince of Whales made mention of more whales further offshore and so we decided to head that way to see if anything would still be around by the time we got there. With the glass-calm ocean conditions against the constant splashing of the water we quickly knew we had spotted the activity. It was a small pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins!
|Atlantic white-sided dolphins|
|The tiny dorsal fin of an Atlantic white-sided dolphin (left) as Ladder the Fin whale surfaces for a breath of air|
surfacing close to the boat as this photo was taken through the
pilothouse window, over our passengers heads, to the whale itself!|
|Ladder once more surfacing along side the boat|
|Second Fin whale joining in on all the "whale fun"|
It was such a beautiful day out on the ocean today and the whales made it even more exciting. Hope you too will get the chance to come join us for a future trip in search of the unexpected!