Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday, June 15

We were privy to some gorgeous ocean conditions on both of our trips today. This morning we took our school group out and found a large Basking shark, a Fin whale known as Dingle and a Minke whale.
Subsurface Basking shark swimming towards the boat
Dingle the Fin whale
Nothing like seeing one of the second largest sharks in the world (the Basking shark) as well as one of the second largest animals on earth (the Fin whale) to a group of eager-learning students.
Fin whale body
This afternoon the ocean continued producing plenty of marine life sightings. We saw 8 Minke whales throughout the trip; checking out a handful of them while passing by a few others.
First Minke whale of the afternoon
Minke whale diving in glass-like ocean conditions
We also had our first Ocean sunfish of the season as we headed out to Jeffreys Ledge.
Ocean sunfish
Our Ocean sunfish swimming towards us
In addition, we got a chance to spend some time with Dingle the Fin whale again.
Dingle the Fin whale barely creating a disturbance at the surface when getting a breath of air
The day ended when we saw 3 Basking sharks while heading back to Rye Harbor. What a great day all around!
Basking shark dorsal fin in a beautifully calm ocean
Basking shark fin above the surface

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