We love whale watching!! It’s like a holiday when the season starts! We all come out of our hibernation and become a crew again. It’s such a great time of year. As I was driving to Gloucester today, I was bummed by the rain drops on my windshield. I had looked at the weather and it looked like we would be in the clear for the trip, but the rain hadn’t stopped yet. Luckily, by the time we boarded all the passengers, the rain had stopped. The sun even made an appearance by the end of the trip!
Despite the overcast conditions, if you went whale watching on Saturday, consider yourself spoiled! We saw everything! First mother calf pairs of the year, close to boat, breaching, feeding, dolphins, lunge feeding fin whales (in the distance). It was truly awesome. One of my favorite parts was the fact that by the time we were ending our time with whales, the wind had dropped off so much that you could hear blows over half a mile away. I would hear a blow, and when I looked up, I was surprised how far away the whale was. And literally every direction that you looked, there were blows. Lots of whales out there.
Some of the humpbacks we saw were Tornado and calf, Echo and calf, Komodo, Lavalier, and others that we haven’t ID’d yet. There were at least 10 humpbacks. 4 fin whales, over 100 dolphins spread out over a large space. We saw a couple of gannets also.
We had Echo’s calf breaching and really flying out of the water!
I love the second one where it’s literally entering the water head first. This little whale also fluked up a couple times so we could see the neat marks on the underside of it’s tail.
I can’t wait to get out there again. Hope they stay in the same place–Northwest corner. Here’s to a year ending in “6”. ’96 and ’06, whales were amazing on the northwest corner 🙂