Archive for the 'General' Category

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

From Naturalist Laura
Whale watching out of Gloucester allows the captain and naturalist to be indecisive, then decide, then change their minds, decide, and change their minds over and over again.  Gloucester is positioned between Jeffreys Ledge to the north and Stellwagen Bank to the south, so we can contemplate until we are well out of [...]

Wed, June 20, 2018

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

From Naturalist Beth:
Today we traveled to the NW corner of Stellwagen Bank. There we found Dross and her calf. The calf was very independent throughout the beginning of the trip, spending time about a 1/4 mile away from Dross. The pair eventually surfaced together as mom began to feed. It was amazing to watch the [...]

Monday, June 18, 2018

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

From Naturalist Laura
Things were a little bumpy on Stellwagen Bank today, but that did not prevent us from tremendous sightings.  Shuffleboard seems like she hasn’t stopped feeding since we left her yesterday; time spent building up that blubber layer is time well spent!  We tried to follow Dross and calf for a bit, but the [...]

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

From Naturalist Laura:
Days like today are the reason I love my job.  We spent most of the day with Bilbo (aka Spoon) and her calf.  In my experience, Bilbo is good at two things in life, staying down on long dives and sleeping, and we saw both of those things today.  But, while Bilbo was [...]

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

From Naturalist Beth:
This morning we traveled to the southern end of Jeffrey’s Ledge and found lots of wildlife! We spotted a total of four minke whales throughout the trip. One minke whale surfacing right next to the boat! We also spent time with two humpback whales, Gondolier and Clamp, feeding separately in the area. We [...]

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday, June 15th, 2018

From Naturalist Laura:
Day by day the whales have been moving around, which keeps life interesting, but also a bit stressful when you’re the naturalist trying to find the whales for the trip!  Today, we ended up a little bit south of Jeffreys Ledge, where we were treated to a three species day.  We started with [...]

Wed, June 13, 2018

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

From Naturalist Dianna:
After several whale watching trips to Stellwagen Bank in the past couple weeks, we decided to change things up and head north to Jeffreys Ledge.  There we found two humpback whales. One was blowing bubble clouds while the other was moving around erratically. One of humpbacks was Clamp, a female born in 1990!

We [...]

Wed, May 30, 2018

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

From Naturalist Rebeca:
Today was my first trip of the season and a great one at that! We had to travel a bit to get to the whales, but once we got there it was worth the trip. We started with a group of 3 or 4 whales. We IDed one of them was Dracula. We [...]

Saturday May 26, 2018

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

This morning we headed out about 17 miles to mid bank on Stellwagen and had 2 blows in the distance.   One of the blows was a long diving humpback that stayed down for 12 + minute dives.  We eventually met up with a humpback identified as NAHWC 0875.  This whale was bubble feeding at [...]

Saturday, Oct 21

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

From Naturalist Lauren
What a beautiful and mild autumn day out on the water today! We didn’t have to venture far off shore to see our first pair of humpback whales. These two whales (one of which we believe to be a whale named Bayou) were leisurely hanging out at the surface near our boat while [...]