Sun, Aug 12, 2018

August 13th, 2018

This morning we traveled back to the same general area where we found whales more recently. As we were arriving in the area we spotted about 4-5 different spouts. We started off our trip with Dross and her calf traveling with Nile’s 2013 calf. In the area we also found Pinball and Mogul. Pinball engaging in some surface activity, while Mogul passed by. Even more amazingly, we spotted a pod of Common dolphins! These dolphins, we rarely see in this area. It was a perfect morning out on the water.

This afternoon we found Echo and Milkyway, the humpback whales. Just before the fog rolled in we found Mogul and Geometry traveling together. Just as these whales split from each other, Geometry started breaching. It was amazing to see an adult humpback whale jump clear out of the water by us! WOW!

Sat, Aug 11, 2018

August 13th, 2018

This morning we traveled just west of Jeffreys Ledge and found Pinball, a female humpback whale born in 1989. She was taking short dives, likely deep feeding. Mogul, a male humpback whale was nearby, the pair passed each other. We finished our trip with Milkyway and Echo traveling together. There were also a few minke whales around.

This afternoon we started off our trip with Echo and Milkyway, still associated from the morning trip. Nearby, we found another whale, Nile’s 2013 calf. A pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins swam right underneath our bow. We finished up our trip with amazing close looks at Pinball and the dolphins in the area.

Fri, Aug 10, 2018

August 13th, 2018

This morning we traveled towards the southern end of Jeffreys Ledge. Just off the ledge we started our trip with a pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins traveling with a fin whale. Nearby we found three humpback whales, Milkyway, Geometry, and Pinball. All three whales were milling around the area. We also spotted a couple minke whales. The dolphins continued to swim around the boat throughout the trip. Always amazing to see both toothed whales and baleen whales in the same area!

This afteroon we saw 7 humpback whales, 2 fin whales, 10 minke whales, and a pod of about 10-15 dolphins. It was an incredible trip! Two humpback whales were flipper slapping, likely communicating with the other whales nearby. We spotted Pinball, Mogul, Geometry, and Milkyway. It was a perfect afternoon out on the water!

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

August 13th, 2018

This morning we traveled down the western edge of Stellwagen Bank. Farther south we found Habanero and her calf along with a small pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins. Habanero and her calf were logging, spending a lot of time at the surface.

This afternoon we traveled down south off the western edge of Stellwagen Bank. There we found 4 different humpback whales, Habanero and calf, Diablo, and Mudskipper. The whales were all traveling through the area. We had a couple minke whales also!

Tues, Aug 7, 2018

August 8th, 2018

This morning Captain Dave and I went on a hunch and our plan paid off, we found Pinball, the humpback whale! She was coming up right next to our boat, giving us some incredible looks at her impressive size. We decided to go for a ride through the area and got a report of another humpback whale, Geometry, nearby. As soon as we arrived he started breaching! He breaching 5 times right next to our boat! Right as we began to leave he started flipper slapping. Breaching is a behavior we would always love to see but certainly don’t see on every trip. It was a great morning!

This afternoon we found a pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins to start off our trip. This was a very active pod, many individuals were breaching and tail slapping right next to the boat. We traveled through the area and found Pinball. She was taking short dives and coming up right next to the boat. We also spotted a minke whale in the area. You could not have asked for a better afternoon out on the water.

Sunday, Aug 5, 2018

August 8th, 2018

This morning we encountered thick fog as soon as we left the harbor. In the fog we found a seal! Thankfully the fog cleared and we found a humpback whale, Pinball. We got some great close looks to her right next to our boat. Nearby, there were two fin whales. We got some incredible close looks at this pair to finish out our trip.

This afternoon we found three different species of baleen whale right in the same area! We had Pinball the humpback whale, 7 different fin whales, and 10 different minke whales! A few miles away we also found a pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins and Hornbill, the humpback whale. It was a great afternoon out on the water!

Monday, Aug 6, 2018

August 8th, 2018

This morning we spent our time with about 5 different minke whales and three fin whales. The fin whales surfaced right next to the boat! It was a great morning out on the water.

This afternoon we started our trip with Pinball, the humpback whale. She spent the trip sleeping right next to the boat. While watching her, we spotted two fin whales! The two large whales swam right by our boat. We decided to go for a ride through the area to see what other wildlife we could find, we spotted a minke whale and a LARGE pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins. It was a perfect, 4 species day!

Wed, Aug 1, 2018

August 5th, 2018

This morning we traveled back to Ipswich Bay in search of whales. There we found Pinball, the humpback whale, taking short dives but traveling quickly through the area. She came up right next to the boat, giving passengers a great look! We went for a ride through the area and found a minke whale that surfaced right next to our boat. Minke whales tend to be more elusive but this one hung right around our boat. Back towards Gloucester we found a large pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins! There were many calves in this group it was so great to see them traveling right beside their mothers. While enjoying the dolphins, Habanero’s calf started tail breaching nearby. We finished out our trip with great looks at some other humpback whales that had moved into the area along with the pod of dolphins.

This afternoon we spent our trip with Habanero the humpback whale and her calf. The calf continuously breached for almost an hour! The calf displayed a variety of breaching behaviors: tail breaching, chin breaching, and flipper breaching. Habanero was born in 2000 to Pepper, one of the first humpback whales ever named! There were also a few other humpback whales in the area taking longer dives. It was a great afternoon out on the water!

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018

August 4th, 2018

This morning we started our trip with two different pods of Atlantic white-sided dolphins. One pod chasing down a school of fish. There were many birds in the area attempting to grab a snack.

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We also had a few minke whales traveling right next to our boat. We ended our trip with amazing looks at Pinball, she traveled right under our bow.

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Friday, Aug 3, 2018

August 4th, 2018

This afternoon we started off our trip with great looks at Pinball, the humpback whale. She was traveling through the area, taking 4-5 minute dives, coming up right next to the boat. Nearby, we found a large pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins. There were a few other humpback whales in the area taking long dives.

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