Saturday, May 18, 2013

We began by heading north toward Jeffrey’s Ledge, but we soon realized that whales were closer than we were expecting. We were only about 11 miles away from Gloucester when we stopped to watch a humpback whale. This individual never fluked, so we weren’t able to identify it before moving on to a pair of humpbacks. Nancy identified these two as Pleats and Shuffleboard, both born in 2008.

Shuffleboard in front of the Gloucester wind turbines.

Shuffleboard in front of the Gloucester wind turbines.

We noticed another pair of humpbacks in the area, so we decided to take a look before heading back to the harbor. As we approached, one of the whales (Moonlight) tail breached! A tail breach is when the whale throws its tail out of the water. This was followed by our first breach of the season! Moonlight was swimming in association with Measles, a whale we saw about a week ago. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

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