Sunday, June 18, 2017

Saturday, June 17

Saturday’s whale watch trips were really swell!  Perhaps I should reword that.  The swell on the ocean was really swell.  Our interns learned that the surface of the ocean can be glass-calm, while the swell can be six feet high! Despite the motion of the ocean, the marine life was fantastic.  The morning trip found two humpback whales, at least four fin whales, some minke whales and basking sharks!  The pelagic birds were also out in force including a northern fulmar, northern gannets, Wilson’s storm petrels, sooty shearwaters and great shearwaters!  Jeffreys Ledge is really coming alive!   
Basking Shark

Humpback Whale "Pinball"

Fin Whale

Fin Whale Spout
 The afternoon trip had similar sightings although we spotted different fin whales than we saw in the morning, and just one humpback whale instead of two.  However this humpback decided to show us what she can do when she breached right behind the boat! As we always say, whales move around a whole lot and we never know what to expect from our wildlife!

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