Sunday, July 14, 2019

July 13-14, 2019

On both trips Saturday we saw Zorro the humpback whale and a fin whale. In the morning, we started with an elusive fin whale. It was #9709, but it was spending a LOT of time below the surface.
Fin whale #9709
As we started to leave the area, Zorro the humpback whale surfaced close by. Then, this whale began to actively feed at the surface.
Zorro open-mouth feeding
Further offshore we found a couple of minke whales; five in total for the trip. One was intrigued by us and circled around multiple times! Nothing beats a wild animal interested in checking us out.
Minke whale coming close towards us (Note, the engines were shut off. We floated at the surface as this whale checked us out).
The afternoon trip started with Zorro actively feeding. A whale's gotta eat, and this whale was having no problem doing so!
Humpback whale on its side with its pleats (right) extending out, filtering saltwater
Zorro diving
Further offshore we checked out a fin whale before finding an ocean sunfish to wrap up the day with.
Fin whale
Ocean sunfish
Most of Sunday, there was not a breath of wind, making for stunning ocean conditions in the Gulf of Maine. Our morning trip started with a few minke whales, three in total.
Minke whale
As we made our way offshore we checked out an ocean sunfish before attempting to watch a fin whale that was definitely on the move.
Ocean sunfish
The trip ended with some phenomenal looks at Zorro the humpback whale actively feeding.
Zorro lunge feeding (above and below)
Can you spot a few fish trying to avoid being eaten?
On our afternoon trip, Zorro was still occasionally making bubble clouds and a fin whale had even moved into the area. We also saw three minke whales during our travels. Such a beautiful weekend filled with gorgeous ocean conditions and great whale sightings.
Fin whale
Filtering out lots of saltwater

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