It has been a long time since we have had this many whales on the northern corner of Stellwagen Bank. Of course we are hoping they will remain close by, but we have already noticed the whales moving around a bit more. Early in the week we were watching whaleseach day in almost the exact same location as the previous day, and by yesterday they had moved by a couple of miles.
We watched as humpbacks Aerospace, Jabiru, Bayou, Pele, and Milkweed swam nearby, possibly looking for food while Milkweed’s calf gave us an exciting experience. S/he breached repeatedly before moving on to tail breaches and a series of rolls.
It’s not clearly understood why whales breach or engage in these other types of surface activity, but one thought that sometimes calves are more playful, especially while Mom is looking for fish to eat (the calves are typically still nursing on the mother’s milk at this point in the season). Whatever the reason, we had an exciting trip with great looks at all of the whales who were out there. As we have seen throughout this season, things have changed very rapidly. More than once in 2014 the whales have stayed in a relatively small area for days at a time, only to travel far overnight. What is exciting about whale watching is that no two trips are alike, even from morning to afternoon. We certainly enjoy every day as they come.