Summer temperatures were in full effect to start the week. A perfect time to go on a boat to Jeffreys Ledge to enjoy some wildlife and be surrounded by cooler temperatures. On both our trips on Monday we started with Satula the humpback whale. Thanks for continuing to remain in our area chowing down on plenty of fish Satula.
In the morning we found a newcomer to the area, humpback whale Wigwam. We also came across humpback whale Sedge during our travels home.
In the afternoon, numerous humpback whales were on the ledge with some flipper slapping, a few breaching and lots of familiar tails. Identified whales include Jawa, Clamp, Valley and Tripod.
Valley was an extra important sighting as this whale was found entangled in gear earlier this season south of our area. Story here. Many thanks to the brave and skillful large whale disentanglement crew at the Center for Coastal Studies (permitted and trained!) to successfully disentangle this adult female. This sighting is a big milestone in tracking her current status post-entanglement and another reason how beneficial collecting research works across numerous platforms and organizations in the Gulf of Maine.
We are grateful to those who do such dangerous work for the whales as it is not a solution to the problem, just providing help to already distressed wild animals.
Sea conditions were just right on Tuesday morning- enough breeze to cool you down but otherwise calm seas. The morning started with an ocean sunfish before continuing offshore.
From Naturalist Dianna: Tuesday afternoon, we found at least 6 humpback whales and a minke whale! In addition to the whales seen on the morning trip, we also had our first sighting of the season of humpback whales named Spoon and Chromosome!
|Welcome to the area Chromosome!
|One of the numerous humpback whales in the area
|Afternoon ocean sunfish
|Humpback whale at the surface