Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wednesday June 19

This morning we spent some time watching Satula the Humpback whale. The wind and waves made for some extra excitement as both we and Satula maneuvered through the area. 
Satula swimming into the wind and waves!
With more boats coming in to check out this whale we went off to investigate a spout we had seen not far from Satula. Alas, the other whale we had spotted only minutes ago was no where to be found. Such a sneaky animal.

This afternoon we started with a Minke whale just beyond the Isles of Shoals. Since this whale spent most of its time changing directions it managed to surface all around the boat giving everyone some nice looks so early on in the trip.
Minke whale

We were then off to Jeffreys Ledge for more whales. We saw 3 Minke whales and 2 Ocean sunfish this afternoon. With the wind slacking off and changing directions we were fortunate enough to have absolutely gorgeous conditions out on the open ocean this afternoon. What a change from the morning! 
Minke whale at the surface with barely a breath of wind on Jeffreys Ledge
Our sightings this afternoon were busy circling around the boat allowing for some great views at both the mammals and some fish species that inhabit the Gulf of Maine.
The smaller of the two Ocean Sunfish seen today

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