The first signs of whale life were some very tall spouts. We had Fin whales ahead of us and ended up with 5 Fin whales in total: two groups of two and a single whale skirting around the area. All of these whales were spending a bit of time below the waterline but when they surfaced they certainly were impressive. Having two pairs of Fin whales in the area was great seeing just how easily these 60+ ton animals can swim through the water together all the while moving alongside another creature equally as large.
|Two Fin whales on the move together
Thanks to our Fin whale extraordinaire crew member a quick look at some of these whale's dorsal fins and we knew who was in the area. #0622 and #0520 were just two of the 5 Fin whales we got the chance to spend time with today.
|Fin whale #0622
|Each and every Fin whale can certainly be distinct based on the shape of the dorsal fin and sometimes (unfortunately due to human-related interactions) scars along their bodies
|Fin whale #0520
With more time to explore other areas we got some last looks at all the whales and continued on in search of more spouts. Our friends aboard the Prince of Whales radioed us that they too had some whale activity a few miles from our current location so we headed towards the area. Not only were there spouts they were whales of a different species. We ended up spending some time with two Humpback whales. This pair was a mother and her calf. Tornado and her calf were once again back on Jeffreys Ledge.
|Tornado and her calf
Before heading for home we had a bit more time to also check out reports of yet another whale in the area. Spoon the Humpback whale has decided to make herself known to us here around Jeffreys Ledge. Spoon, an adult female, is another one of our large whales we love to see. She was first spotted in the Gulf of Maine in 1977 making her one of the older whales known to the area. What a great find to see another familiar whale grace us with it's presence this year.
Stay tuned for more updates as we await for the weather to cooperate so we can enjoy another day out on Jeffreys Ledge in search of whales of all varieties!