Saturday, October 10, 2015

Saturday, October 10

With today being our final public trip for the season we could not have asked for a more impressive whale-experience to finish with. The weather kept us on our toes longer than we were hoping but the wind eventually decided to slack off as we spent time offshore watching plenty of wildlife today. We saw 14 Humpback whales around the boat with even more spouts out in the distance! There was even a harbor seal sleeping and a brief look at 3 Atlantic white-sided dolphins during our travels. Each time we stopped to check out a sighting the whales were grouped up in pairs, trios and at one point even five on the move together! We saw whales napping, nursing, tail breaching, rolling over, flipper slapping, tail slashing, spy-hopping and being quite curious about the boat. We were surrounded by some phenomenal sights and sounds from these wild animals. Among all our whales were some familiar tails and, once again, more new whales moving into the area. We saw Spoon and her calf, Patches, Sword, Victim, Repeat, Cloud, Geometry, Daffodil, Shuffleboard and her calf, Churn, Pleats and A-plus!
Spoon and her calf

Sword tail breaching
Victim and Sword
All throughout the trip there was so much to look at and experience.
Multiple flippers by multiple whales in the air

Our group of 5 whales eventually parted ways and separated into a pair and a curious trio heading our way!
At one point we were held hostage by a trio of whales as they decided to come check us out rather than us just checking them out. We literally could not move as they turned and moved right towards us, surfaced and sank right next to us and swam circles around us.
Rainbow-blow by Shuffleboard's calf

Shuffleboard spy-hopping
Calf swimming down the side of the boat
Incoming Humpback whale!
These whales were so close photos were near impossible to capture with too big a lens on! The memories however, were incredible.
Trio surfacing so close to us
Whale tails (above and below)

We also want to take this time to pass along the many thanks to all of you who joined us over the course of this season. It could not have been a successful year without you. We are passionate about what we do and know so many of you share in the same amazement and awe of these wild animals. We hope you all have enjoyed your special moments and memories we hopefully helped to create while out on your adventure. Each year, it seems that we have more and more familiar faces returning and for that, we thank you. These whales have a way of capturing our eyes, hearts and souls and capturing those experiences with all of you is what we strive to do on every single one of our trips. Please have a safe winter and see you all in 2016!

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