August 24, 2014

 

We have been traveling to the southern end of Stellwagen Bank lately, and the sightings have been great. We spent this morning with a mom and calf pair, and quickly identified the mom as Nile. I have had many people mention that they had been on a whale watch before and have seen Nile- in fact, if you whale watched in Massachusetts last summer, chances are she was the whale you saw! We had some extremely close looks, as the calf surfaced just off the port side and remained at the surface for quite a while. It then began to stretch and bring its head up and out of the water, possibly to take a look at us?

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Nile’s 2014 calf

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The calves typically stay very close to mom- you can see Nile’s large pectoral fins and the calf just behind

The afternoon was spent with three humpbacks. Two of the whales, Pele and Eruption have been in an association for a few days, and today Storm was alongside. Much of the time while these whales were swimming during their dives, we could see small bubbles developing at the surface. We have been seeing smaller, almost delicate bubbles rather than the large green that we often see when the whales are feeding. At one point, Eruption lunged up and gave us a great look! The whales continued swimming in a circle and feeding.

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A great look as the whale raises the rostrum just above the water

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Caught the beginning of that exhalation!

 

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