Sunday, August 13, 2023

August 12-13, 2023

The sunny skies on Saturday added to the calm seas surrounding us; perfect conditions for spotting marine life. The trip began with a group of ~60 Atlantic white-sided dolphins. These toothed whales were slowly on the move. Such a fun sighting to start the day.

Atlantic white-sided dolphins (above and below)

We also briefly checked out an ocean sunfish, tried to look at two blue sharks, and spent time with two humpback whales - Satula and Clamp.

Ocean sunfish
Humpback whale diving

Saturday afternoon, we saw four humpback whales in total. Our first sighting was Sword, a whale Blue Ocean Society researchers haven't seen since May 23rd! When we say these whales move around, they certainly do! Thanks for swinging by the area again Sword. We also spent time with humpback whales Satula and Dyad, while Clamp was moving around further out in the distance.

During our travels home a small pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins appeared but then disappeared just as quickly!

On Sunday, the ocean was a little swelly but the sightings continued, as they have been numerous in recent weeks. In the morning, we spent time watching four humpback whales. We first started with Othello and Dashdot, followed by Pinball and her 2023 calf.

Pair of humpback whales
Whale surfacing in the swell
Pinball and her calf

The afternoon trip consisted of three humpback whales, this time Othello with Dashdot and a quick sighting of Diablo. Each day, each trip, each sighting provides its uniqueness and we look forward to what this coming week holds!

Diving humpback whale

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