Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018

This morning we ventured south to look for a few whales reported off of Hampton, but after a bit of searching, we didn’t find anything. So we went back to where we had been the past few days and found a plethora of whales!  Four humpback whales, including our trio of the past couple weeks: Spoon, her calf, and Jabiru!  The trio was sleepy and was likely feeding overnight and taking the morning off to recuperate!
Spoon and calf
Spoon's flipper, her calf nearby
Patches was nearby, too! 
While we were watching humpback whales, a fin whale named Blunt popped up right next to us! Fins to the left, humpbacks to the right!  Minke whales were spotted here and there and Atlantic white sided dolphins were found the area!  Next a pair of fin whales came through. This was Blunt again, with a new friend!
Fin whale
Fin whale
Wonderful morning!

This afternoon started off with quite the show!  As soon as we found Spoon, her calf and Jabiru, all three began breaching! It was more than spectacular! At one point, both Spoon and her calf jumped at the same time! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a perfect double breach before! 
Spoon and calf- a little blurry but still cool!
Spoon's calf
 The calf continued to breach a dozen times or so!  Then the trio began to rest as they are known to do.
A 4th humpback whale passed through the area.  I haven’t identified it yet but will update this post when/if I do!   Minke whales were seemingly everywhere during the entire trip today. A few even came up close to us!
Minke whale
 We moved on to find a pair of humpback whales, Fan and Victim (horrible name, I know…). As we waited for them, a harbor seal pup snuck a few looks at us before darting off.  Fan and Victim were pretty sleepy. We waited and waited for them to dive so we could see their flukes.  Right after we started to move on, they breached behind us!  Fan did a couple tail-lobs and then all was quiet again. 
 Heading home, we saw Patches who joined up with the trio seen earlier.

Fin whales (2-3) were seen as well.  They were a bit stealthy this afternoon, showing up out of nowhere and just as quickly disappearing.
Harbor porpoises were seen on the way home to round out the afternoon.

This is why we love whale watching! Every trip is a surprise! Best job ever!

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