We had three more great trips to help us celebrate Memorial Day! Each day we were able to see about 15 or more whales- humpbacks, minkes, and fin whales! We had some great, close looks at two different mom and calf pairs on Saturday and Monday. Glostick’s calf surfaced so close to the boat that even with my camera zoomed out I could only get a small portion of the whale! What is neat about this photo is you can see the whale’s eye, as well as a number of barnacles that have already attached themselves. Humpbacks have been found to have up to 2,000 lbs of barnacles on their bodies!
In addition to close encounters, there was also a number of surface behaviors. On Sunday we witnessed a couple of tail breaches. And a highlight- many of the passengers were watching a whale off the right side of the boat at one whale when another breached clear out of the water in the distance! We were treated to one more full breach before making our way over as the whale (Rocker) did a series of lob tails.
Also on Sunday, we got to meet Nile’s new calf! If you came on a whale watch last season, you likely remember Nile- who was by far the most sighted humpback of 2013. We had suspicions that she was pregnant, and when we had heard she returned to the Gulf of Maine with a calf, we couldn’t wait to see her.
By now, you might have heard of the large amount of feeding that has been happening on Stellwagen Bank in the last few weeks. We had some great viewing of both closed and open mouth feeding- such an exciting thing to watch.
We have really been enjoying our trips the last few weeks. A handful of the individuals we have spent time with include Geometry, Aswan, Milkweed and calf, Cajun, Jabiru, Measles, Yoo Hoo, and Glostick and calf. Let’s hope the whales stick around all season!