Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Monday June 10

We certainly had a few unexpected surprises during our trip. Not only did we find whales just beyond the Isles of Shoals we finally saw a Fin whale! It has been a few weeks since our last sighting of a Fin whale and we have been wondering where these massive whales have been. Seeing two Minke whales and our Fin whale was quite the comparison from a 20ft Minke to a 60+ft Fin whale. Of course both species are an impressive sight on their own and since each species was circling around the area we got some great looks at these mammals.
Minke whale as it surfaces close to the boat! (above and below)

Thanks to the quick work of our Fin whale-master crew member we were also able to identify exactly which Fin whale we were watching. This Fin whale, #0932, was first seen on Jeffreys Ledge in 2009 and thanks to past research efforts in the Northeast we also know this is a male that was first seen in the Gulf of Maine in 1995. Nothing beats figuring out exactly "who" we are watching and continuously gaining more knowledge about life around Jeffreys Ledge!
Fin whale #0932 spending time less than 10 miles offshore!

#0932 just beyond Duck Island
We will see what surprises will be awaiting us on our next trip!

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