Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thrusday, June 26

The ocean managed to calm down enough to head out towards Jeffreys Ledge this afternoon. Apparently Mother Nature decided it was time to change things up a bit after all the calm weather we had earlier this month. So instead we dealt with a bit more wave action today. However, a few waves did not deter us or the whales . We spent time with two Fin whales whom were actually inshore of Jeffreys Ledge.
Fin whale spout
While one of these whales was being a bit elusive we most certainly got some great looks at the other whale circling around the area. The slightly windy conditions at the surface were no match for this very large Fin whale as it cruised around the area with such ease.
Fin whale swimming alongside us
While this may not look like anything impressive, it really is. The is the left tip of one of our Fin whales' tails. Very rarely do you ever see any part of a Fin whale's tail above the surface so even when the smallest bit of their tail breaks the surface it is definitely a cool sighting!
With such nice looks at one of our whales we were able to match up this whale to one in our Fin Whale Catalog (care of our friends Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation). It was a whale first seen on Jeffreys Ledge in 2009; Fin whale #0902. We have continued to spot this whale a few times so far this season which is always interesting to see as we continue to find out how long some of these wild animals inhabit our small section of the Gulf of Maine.
Fin whale #0902
It will certainly be interesting to see if this or any other whale remains inshore of the Ledge or if they move around once more. There is only one way to find out so stay tuned as we head out for another day out on the open ocean!

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