We have had a busy summer and the sightings have been awesome. We have watched a variety of animals, including the three most common species we see- minke whales, fin whales, and lots of humpbacks! We have also been very, very lucky with lots of surface behavior. We never know when the whales might breach, roll over, or interact with the boat, and we enjoy it every single time. We had one awesome interaction with a juvenile who spent over an hour checking out the boat- rolling over, spyhopping, and looking right at us.
We have also been seeing a few whales who, unfortunately have come into some back luck. We watched Mogul, a 29 year old whale for about two weeks on Stellwagen before he moved on to Jeffrey’s Ledge. The next time we saw him a few weeks later, he had a small propeller scar across his back. Owl is another whale who has a mysterious injury on her left dorsal and flank. There have also been a number of reports of entangled whales. Hopefully these animals will be able to make full recoveries.
In addition to whales, we have also been lucky enough to see not one but two sea turtles- a loggerhead on southern Stellwagen and a leatherback on Jeffrey’s. We have also had a number of sea birds throughout our trips, including shearwaters, Wilson’s storm petrels, and northern gannets.