Friday, June 23, 2023

June 21-22, 2023

Happy Summer Solstice!

Wednesday morning, we passed a grey seal soon after leaving the harbor. Then we found a young humpback whale taking 8-minute dives and moving around quite a bit. Eventually, it slowed down, and we got great looks.  We have had an influx of juvenile humpback whales recently, and this one was a new one to our area. We ID’ed it as the 2022 calf of Ganesh! The exciting part is that we never saw Ganesh and her new calf last summer, so how did this youngster know how to get to Jeffreys Ledge?

In the afternoon, we saw Ganesh’s 2022 calf again, a couple of minke whales, and another young humpback whale. This one didn’t lift its tail but did surface close by several times. It had unique markings on its dorsal fin and some scarring on its back, so hopefully, we will be able to identify it in the future.

Thursday morning started out glassy calm! Our first sighting was of a large basking shark lounging at the surface, allowing us to pull up right next to it. We could see the whole shark just below the surface! Nearby, we found several baleen whales in one area- a minke whale, a fin whale, and a humpback whale! All three were taking long dives and keeping us on our toes. We continued and saw some splashing on the horizon. Humpback whales Dross and her calf were traveling, but the calf was pretty wiggly, throwing its tail out of the water, slapping its tail on the surface, and even jumping completely out of the water several times! We love watching playful baby whales!

Thursday afternoon was beautiful and sunny as we headed out to Jeffreys Ledge. Our first sighting was a young humpback (the 2022 calf of Ganesh) who was busy taking quick dives.  We moved on and had the spectacular sighting of 3 fin whales together! These whales had clearly fed recently, given their extremely active digestive systems. After some great looks at these whales, we moved on and saw two more juvenile humpbacks, both apparently busy deep feeding. It was a great day on the water!

Humpback whale

Fin whale poop!

Fin whale

Humpback whale


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