Sunday, October 9, 2022

October 8-9, 2022

The day has arrived as we officially wrapped up our 2022 whale watching schedule this holiday weekend. Numerous whales were seen on both trips, some more visual than others. On Saturday we first attempted to watch a fin whale but it was not spending much time at the surface. Further offshore we found a pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins. These toothed whales are always fun to watch.


Out on Jeffreys Ledge, we came into an area where there were at least 12 humpback whales!

Diving humpback whale

Part of a fluke
Midway through a lobtail

Groupings of these baleen whales included Cacophony, A-plus, Satula, Pitcher, Campground (thanks Dianna!), Orion, Tectonic, Nile, Valley, Ravine and Rattan. So much to watch as these whales moved around the area. We ended the day with an ocean sunfish to wrap up the variety of marine life.

Ocean sunfish

The cool wind had us all bundled up on Sunday as we ventured offshore. We ended up finding two fin whales, three humpback whales and two different pods of Atlantic white-sided dolphins! The fin whales were being slightly elusive but eventually showed themselves.

Fin whale on the move

We spent time with humpback whales Ibex and I.T. soon become associated with a pod of ~12 Atlantic white-sided dolphins.

Humpback whale
 Atlantic white-sided dolphin

Another humpback whale showed itself (still unidentified at the moment) before finding a pod of ~75 Atlantic white-sided dolphins during our travels home.

Atlantic white-sided dolphin cruising through the waves

With the season coming to a close we thank you all for joining us on a trip(s!), following us on social media and sharing in our moments with wildlife. The marine environment is a special place and we hope your experience with us produced memories for life.

October 7, 2022

We were so relieved to get back out on the water on Friday. It had been almost a week since we were last out, and we didn’t know what to expect. Well, mother nature delivered, big time! Our first encounter of the day was an absolute feeding frenzy. We spotted hundreds of birds from a couple of miles away, and then some splashing at the surface. When we arrived in this area, we were surrounded by dolphins, northern gannets, and gulls. There were at least 200 Atlantic white-sided dolphins in this group. Much to our surprise, we noticed that some of these dolphins were not like the others: they were common dolphins! Despite their name, these are not a common species in our area, and to see them in a mixed pod was even more special.

Atlantic white-sided dolphins

After spending some time with these animals, we found a humpback whale. This turned out to be a male named Ibex, also called Mr. Burns by some other whale watchers. This was also a special encounter, as we have never seen Ibex on Jeffrey’s Ledge before! We spotted a blow in the distance and headed in that direction. This whale was below the surface for a bit, and we even spotted our feeding frenzy again. We headed back to the dolphins and birds, and a second humpback popped up in the chaos! This was a female named I.T. This was our first time seeing her this season. We let the dolphins and birds go and spent some time with I.T. Before heading back to the harbor, we stopped by the feeding frenzy again to enjoy this rare sight. A wonderful start to our last weekend!

Saturday, October 1, 2022

October 1, 2022

Happy October! We are into our last week of the 2022 season. Where has the time gone? We are grateful for all our passengers who have joined us and the whales who have spent time in our section of the Gulf of Maine. As our season begins to wind down, the whales are still going strong. Today's trip included nine humpback whales, with other exhalations visible in the distance.

Our first sighting included five whales with pairs from there on out. Identified humpback whales included Jawa, Valley, Grommet, Pinball, Dross, Pitcher, Satula, Cacophony and Gondolier.

We even checked out an ocean sunfish. Tomorrow's trip has been canceled so check back in later this week once we get back on the open sea. Don't forget to pack your jacket, hat and gloves if you are scheduled to join us this week, fall is in the air!

Ocean sunfish