The wild wind is keeping us land-based this weekend but we are eager to get back on the water this week. We are beginning our fall schedule so check out trip times here: Granite State Whale Watch Schedule
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Saturday, August 29, 2020
|Atlantic white sided dolphins|
|Atlantic white sided dolphins- mom and calf|
|Humpback whale's 15-ft flipper|
|Humpback whale tail-breaching|
|Humpback whale, Nile, lob-tailing|
|Humpback whale mom and calf|
|Humpback whale, Valley, diving near tuna boats|
|Humpback whales diving (this shows one of the reasons they get the name "humpback" whales!|
|Humpback whale, Valley|
|Humpback whale diving|
|Humpback whale diving with a little flare|
|Multiple whales below the boat!|
|LPG tanker (transiting from Portsmouth, NH to Delaware) while a humpback whale dives nearby|
their separate ways.
|Owl saying goodbye to Osprey|
|Trio of sleepy humbacks|
On our way home we passed by a pod of about 12 harbor porpoises!!
|Humpback whale Osprey in 2020|
|Owl's huge but healing scar|
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
There wasn't much of any wind Monday morning making for calms seas, and at times, no reprieve from the sticky summer temperatures. As we headed offshore our first stop was on a pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins. It has been such a bonus seeing numerous pods of dolphins recently.
|Atlantic white-sided dolphin|
We also checked out an ocean sunfish before spending time with two different pairs of humpback whales. All of these whales were mainly resting and included Spoon and Chablis in one group and Pitcher and Crisscross in the other.
|Resting humpback whales|
|Morning humpback whale|
Monday afternoon the breeze arrived to cool us down. An ocean sunfish was nearby as we traveled offshore.
From there a large disturbance in the distance led us to the humpback whale, Joy. Later, as we attempted to leave the area to go exploring, we were brought back in as two more humpback whales were merging in towards Joy. Ravine and Jabiru graced us with their presence and soon became associated with each other.
|Ravine and Jabiru|
Tuesday consisted of similar weather conditions to Monday, a bit toasty with no wind in the morning followed by a bit of an afternoon cool-down. Tuesday morning we began whale watching with a pod of ~75 Atlantic white-sided dolphins.
|Atlantic white-sided dolphins|
These whales were on the move and we watched them move through the water with such ease. We then saw a total of five humpback whales and even a blue shark.
Nile, Spoon, Valley and her 2020 calf and Jabiru were sighted throughout the trip. Great sights and great seas.
Tuesday afternoon we sighted five humpback whales coming across Ravine, Jabiru, Spoon, Nile and Dashdot. A few of these whales started feeding allowing for some incredible looks at multiple bubble clouds and plenty of lunges.
|Lots of surface commotion|
|Time to eat!|
|Feeding humpback whales|
|Whales going in different directions|
We even spotted a pod of ~15 Atlantic white-sided dolphins on our way in.
|A few small calves were in our pod of dolphins|
Sunday, August 23, 2020
As summer presses on we are so thankful to continue experiencing wildlife at its finest, in their world. Whales were plentiful on Saturday with a handful of newcomers to the area. What a pleasant surprise regardless of if they were just passing through or choose to spend a bit of time in the area. On the morning trip we saw eight humpback whales.
We started with a trio consisting of Quote, Clipper and Chablis. From there Cantilever and Piano made themselves known. Another trio: Nile, Tectonic and Dashdot were not far away.
|Yikes! So thankful this whale named Piano (any guesses why?) survived such an incident now bearing the marks from a vessel/propeller strike|
|Whales in such calm seas|
We also checked out one of three ocean sunfish in the area. A pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins were even sighted on our way back to the harbor.
|A dolphin in the rain has its own sense of beauty|
|Atlantic white-sided dolphin|
On the afternoon trip some of the same whales were in the area but associations had shifted. We spent time with two different trios. The first group was Spoon, Chablis and Piano.
|Chablis' flipper high in the air|
Our second trio included Nile, Dashdot and Tectonic. There was also a minke whale circling around the area as these humpback whales moseyed through.
|Nile and Tectonic|
Sunday continued to provide beautiful sights on the open ocean. While on the morning trip we found ourselves engulfed in fog as we made our way offshore. Today was a great reminder that while fog can provide an extra challenge, that doesn't mean there isn't anything to be found! On our journey through the thick fog we checked out a large ocean sunfish and a pod of about five Atlantic white-sided dolphins.
|Dolphins in the fog|
Offshore after slowly maneuvering through the area we got eyes on a pair of whales. It was Chablis and Spoon resting.
|Spoon doesn't even look like a whale when this massive whale is resting!|
While watching these lazy whales something triggered their liveliness to kick into high gear and in a matter of moments both of them jumped clear out of the water. Then they started flipper slapping before resting once again. Just as the fog can change in intensity, whales can start and stop all sorts of different behaviors at any moment!
We also got some amazing looks at a trio of humpback whales as they swam under our boat (our engines were shut off so no worries!) including Nile, Piano and Dashdot before Whirlwind came into the mix.
|The ocean was so calm you could see so much of the whale even below the waterline|
Before heading for home we had a brief look at a leatherback turtle and another trio of humpback whales: Valley, her calf and Ravine. By our afternoon trip the fog had dissipated and we found ourselves watching Spoon still associated with Chablis.
|Half a fluke|
These two humpback whales were spending a bit of time below the waterline so we switched gears and found Valley, her calf and Ravine all still swimming around together.
|Valley and her calf|
These whales were not going far in any particular direction allowing for great looks at this mother/calf pair and adult female.