June 29, 2015

For the past couple of weeks, we have had great trips but have had to do some searching to locate the whales. Even with a bit of a longer ride, we have been able to see a number of different behaviors including logging (sleeping) and observing the whales feeding beneath the surface from bubble clouds at the surface.

During the middle of the past week we found a whale on the northwest corner of Stellwagen- much closer than they have been. We wondered if this was a whale passing through the area or an indication that we might start to see the whales move north a bit. By Saturday the whales were back on the southern end of the Bank, and stormy weather kept us at the dock all day Sunday. We were surprised by a report Monday morning of about 20 humpbacks on the northwest corner. We left Gloucester very hopeful, and 16 miles out were not disappointed! We watched at least 10 humpbacks, with a number of others in the area. Open mouth feeding, mom and calf pairs, surface activity- we had it all! We sure hope they will stay in the area for a while.

Humpbacks interacting with another group during bubble feeding

Humpbacks interacting with another group during bubble feeding

Open mouth feeding

Open mouth feeding

Scylla was the first whale in a number of weeks to visit the northwest corner

Scylla was the first whale in a number of weeks to visit the northwest corner

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