As August winds down, we too start to shift our schedule, now running single trips during the workweek this week. On Monday, we made our way to where whales have been scooting around. And there they were, continuing to scoot around. A personal highlight was only a few miles after leaving the harbor, even though it was such a brief look. A certain minke whale personally referred to as 'Finke,' showed itself! The Granite State has been seeing this specific whale since 2011. Today was our first sighting of this whale this season! 'Finke' refers to the fact that this minke whale is missing its dorsal fin, instead replaced with a scar. Finless minke = Finke. As per typical sightings of this whale, one minute it was there and the next, gone. Even after waiting patiently for the second sighting of this whale, it did not happen, but what a special surprise to start the day. Once offshore, we found a total of 11 humpback whales. As has been the regular recently, whales were sighted singularly and in small groups with IDed whales including Patches, Tripod, Quill, Pixar, Pinball, Gunslinger, Palindrome, Valley, Sword, and Jawa.
Sprinkle in a small group of Atlantic white-sided dolphins and what a day.