Sunday, September 1, 2019

August 31 - September 1, 2019

Labor Day weekend has arrived! The summer has flown by and with it lots of trips on the open ocean. The season continues for well over another month so we continue going strong. On Saturday the trip began moments after leaving the harbor when we stopped on an ocean sunfish; three in total for the trip.
The first of many ocean sunfish
Further offshore we saw three humpback whales and a fin whale.
Fin whale spouting
The humpback whales were initially associated with each other but shortly thereafter Shuffleboard went off on her own while Owl and Reaper remained together.
Humpback whales (above and below)

On the afternoon trip we also saw multiple ocean sunfish. We checked out Shuffleboard the humpback whale (in a different spot; per usual for wild animals), a pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins and two fin whales.
Ocean sunfish
Atlantic white-sided dolphins
Fin whale
On Sunday morning five fin whales, two minke whales, Sword the humpback whale and four ocean sunfish were sighted. The fin whales were scattered around, one of the ocean sunfish breached and Sword was on the move!
Ocean sunfish swimming away
Fin whale
Surfacing fin whale
Sword the humpback whale
The afternoon trip provided four fin whales, including #9709(!), and a super quick glimpse of a basking shark.
Fin whale #9709
One of our other fin whale sightings
Two of our fin whales came together at one point, surfaced close to the boat multiple times filtering out loads of saltwater, and separated from one another just as quickly as their association formed. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

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