|The HMS Bounty |
|Flat calm water cannot be beat when we come across a pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins|
Once we continued further offshore closer to Jeffreys Ledge we made our way into an area where we began to see whale spouts in every direction out in the distance. Granted our visibility was widespread, allowing to search miles in all directions, and soon we didn't know where to start! We decided to head a bit further offshore and check out some of the whales before changing course and checking out some animals a bit closer to home.
Turns out all the whales we spent time with today were Humpback whales. Many of these whales are once again back on Jeffreys Ledge whether continuing to swim around the area, or having decided to return once again this season, we certainly enjoy familiar tails and even a new additions into the mix as well today! A few Minke whales surfaced but being a bit erratic in their movements we chose to ease our way towards a pair of Humpback whales first. Owl and Orbit were swimming side-by-side.
|Owl is once again back on Jeffreys Ledge as she was sighted a few times on the ledge earlier in the season|
|Even at the end of August we are still seeing newcomers to the area. Welcome to Jeffreys Ledge this year Orbit!|
|Valley in an "arch" position with a small patch of seaweed resting on the tip of her head!|
We had a bit more time to investigate a few of the other whales were were seeing in the area so after easing our way away from the trio we headed over to a few other pairs. We eventually ended up spending time with one more pair of Humpback whales: Patches and Springboard. And guess what??? They too were sleeping. Patches changed things up a bit at one point as this whale, and presumably the only male Humpback whale we saw today, eased its way over to us. Patches decided to come check us out as we were checking it out! A small spy hop and a good time just facing us was enough of the curious approach to watch as this large whale moved ever so easily up the entire length of the boat.
|Patches bringing its top part/point of its head out of the water|
|Patches surfacing right next to the boat!|
|Patches off on a deeper dive|