Archive for the 'General' Category

July 18

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

This morning’s fog burned off nicely for our afternoon trip to Stellwagen Bank where we found some humpback whales. Our first sighting was that of Firefly and her calf. This calf started off by repeatedly tail-breaching, throwing it’ posterior end out of the water repeatedly while Firefly was underwater somewhere.

A third whale came into the [...]

July 16

Monday, July 17th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
We had an AMAZING morning out on the water! The weather was perfect for whale watching, the seas were calm and the sun was out. We arrived on the southern end of Stellwagen Bank to find about 10-12 humpback whales. We started the trip with looks at Pele and [...]

July 15

Monday, July 17th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
This morning we found about 12 different humpback whales on the southwestern corner of Stellwagen Bank! We started off our trip watching Pele and Bristle traveling together. While watching the pair, researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution collected a blow sample from Pele as he surfaced to breathe. It was great to see research happening [...]

July 14, 2017

Friday, July 14th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
This morning we found a single humpback whale right outside of Gloucester Harbor. We stopped to take a few looks at this individual that was quickly traveling through the area. We decided to follow reports down to the southwestern edge of Stellwagen Bank. We arrived in the area to find about 10 different [...]

July 9 and 10

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

From Naturalist Laura:
We had to put in a lot of effort, but we were rewarded.  The last two days have been great for watching humpbacks.  Granted, you have to be willing to go for a long ride, but it is summer time, and long boat rides are what we do!  Hancock’s calf is quite the [...]

July 6, 2017

Friday, July 7th, 2017

From Naturalist Laura:
As far as whales go, yesterday was a bit of a slow day, so I had low expectations when I left for work this morning.  However, I was pleasantly surprised on both trips today.  On our first trip, we started with Putter, north of Stellwagen and traveling north.  He was going on long [...]

July 4, 2017

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Happy Independence Day!
Today was the calmest day we’ve seen in a long time!   This morning we saw humpback whales about 20 miles from Gloucester. The first was Shuffleboard, a female. We watched her for a few surfacings before spotting a couple other whales in the area.

One of these was Gondolier, a male who was seen [...]

July 2, 2017

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

From Naturalist Beth
This morning we took a great ride to the edge of Jeffrey’s Ledge where we found Valley and her calf. The calf was active at the surface, tail breaching and flipper slapping during the trip. We were afforded amazing close looks at the pair. It was amazing to see Valley traveling through the [...]

July 1, 2017

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

From Naturalist Beth
This morning we traveled to Stellwagen Bank and started on one fin whale. There were quite a few boats in the area so we decided to take a ride down to the southwestern corner of the bank and found three humpback whales. We started our trip with Spoon taking long dives, but surfacing [...]

July 1-2, 2017

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

From Naturalist Beth
Saturday 7/1 AM:
This morning we traveled to Stellwagen Bank and started on one fin whale. There were quite a few boats in the area so we decided to take a ride down to the southwestern corner of the bank and found three humpback whales. We started our trip with Spoon taking long dives, [...]