Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday, May 19

The cool temperatures continue to remind us to layer up when heading offshore to search for whales. The ocean temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees so hats, gloves and coats are helpful to have on hand as we venture in search of whale activity. Luckily for us the whales are impartial to the temperatures. They are focused on food and lots of it! Today we got a chance to see 2 fin whales and 2 humpback whales. More spouts were seen out in the distance but we were too busy to get to them! One of the fin whales is a familiar whale, having been sighted in the Jeffreys Ledge region since 1997. Comet the fin whale, an adopt-a-whale for our research affiliates Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, was spotted today.
Comet the fin whale
We also got a chance to spend time with Highlighter and Willow, two humpback whales.
Highlighter the humpback whale
We even witnessed BOTH whales breach during our time with them. It's impressive to be witness to one whale breach, but two, wow. Regardless, they are always unpredictable moments and equally as humbling.
Breaching humpback whale
Whale tail

White flipper of a humpback whale

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