|This minke whale has some serious scarring.|
|This minke whale has a distinctively different dorsal fin.|
Another way we can tell animals apart is from any scars on the body both natural markings and unnatural markings. You can see above, one of our minke whales totally had a large unnatural scar on its body. We suspect that this scar is from a serious interaction with a boat this whale experienced earlier in its life. We have pictures of this whale from as early as 1995 on the Granite State and at that point it had already acquired this scar. Since then, this whale has been sighted many times, so it seems like it has been able to survive well despite what must have been a serious injury more than 18 years ago.
|What a cookie cutter of marks on this fin whales dorsal fin.|
|A morning minke whale sliding through the glassy water.|
|The wind picked up a tiny bit at the very end of the day giving these dolphins a chance to show off their expert swimming skills.|
|Can you see a tiny dolphin blow?|
On our way back in on the afternoon trip we were also lucky enough to run into a fairly large pod of Atlantic White Sided Dolphins. This pod was really a treat to watch with several extremely small whales in the group which we presume were calves. These animals were making their way steadily south the whole time we watched, but did not seem disturbed by our presence and allowed us to get some excellent looks at them as they cruised effortlessly through the water.
|A morning minke.|
|An afternoon minke.|