Our morning trip ended with 2 other adult Fin whales that we're swimming independent of each other, but we were able to identify one of them as #0821, a whale first seen on the ledge in 2008!
It was a beautiful ride in back to rye harbor and we were anxious to see what the afternoon had in store...
During the afternoon we headed to a more northeastern area of Jeffrey's ledge and started with a very cooperative Minke whale about 10 miles from the harbor. One minke whale quickly turned into 4multiple minke whales and before long we had 4 different minke whales surrounding the boat. It was such a great way to start our afternoon trip.
After traveling for quite some time offshore, we were all getting anxious as to what else we might encounter during our trip. I then noticed a few passengers on the bow pointing down in the water right next to the boat, so we slowed down and looked down in the water. To our surprise there was a very large Basking shark traveling close to the surface. Eventhough we didn't see it for long, it gave our passengers an idea as to how large this shark truely was! Being the second largest shark species in the world, it was a great sight to see being shark week and all!
While spending time with the Minke whales, we also had a great view of Boone Island Light, the Tallest lighthouse in Maine, standing 133 feet above sea level.
We finished our trip with another adult fin whale that we were able to identify as #0932. This whale gave us great looks and overall it was a great way to end our trip.