Archive for the 'General' Category

October 6, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
Not far off the coast of Cape Ann today we found about 12 different humpback whales! We started with Dross filtering at the surface along with Gunslinger and Measles in the area. We watched Spoon traveling with Chromosome, they were both logging at the surface. We found another trio of humpback whales including [...]

Saturday, Oct 7

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Whales have been really close to Gloucester lately!  This makes for trips with lots of time on whales and less traveling time! Today, in spite of foggy conditions to start with, we found 8 humpback whales and one minke whale. Humpbacks included were Dross, Circuit, Clipper, Bayou, Ravine, Owl and her calf.  OWL is one [...]

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

What a fabulous day on the water! It’s hard to believe autumn is here as the temperatures were in the 80’s when we left the dock.  We had beautiful sunny skies, relatively calm seas and excellent visibility.
Our first sighting came shortly after we left the dock. Just as we rounded Thacher Island, we spotted a [...]

Saturday, Sept 16

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
There are few words that can describe this morning! We started our trip with looks at a large ocean sunfish! Nearby, we watched a fin whale traveling. Through the fog we saw a single humpback whale lunge feeding at the surface. A couple miles away we found Cajun and her calf. The calf [...]

Friday, Sept 15

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
This morning started off foggy in the harbor but right outside we found some harbor porpoise and a minke whale. We got some amazing looks at the minke whale as it surfaced right next to the boat. We slowed down to look closely and listen for whales through the fog and spotted a [...]

Tuesday, Sept 12

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Heading east of Cape Ann, we passed by several minke whales before finding a group of 3 humpback whales!  This trio was new (to me) and goes to show just how much whales move around! One of the whales in the group, Bayou, had a damaged tail- the result of getting hit by a good-sized [...]

Sept 5, 2017

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Beautiful whale watch today! We found a huge fin whale (ID’ed as #0932) and ocean sunfish (scientific name is Mola mola- a fish so nice, they named it twice
They were just off of Thatcher Island- only 30 minutes off of our dock. We continued on to find at least a [...]

Labor day Weekend!

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Lots of stuff happening in Gloucester this weekend!
33Rd Annual Gloucester Schooner festival

Celebrate Gloucester’s fishing heritage with a festival of Schooners! Come watch the Mayor’s Race and see some historic fishing schooners including: the Adventure, The Ardelle, The Thomas E Lannon, The Bald Eagle, The Green Dragon, the Sugar Babe, the Redbird, and the Lewis [...]

Tuesday, August 29

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Today we departed at 11:00 and headed north to Jeffrey Ledge. Although we were never actually on the Ledge itself, we found lots of fun activity. A huge fin whale was seen just off of Gloucester/Rockport. This was #0932, a whale first seen in 2009!

We passed by a few small pods of harbor porpoises before [...]

August 22, 2017

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

From Naturalist Dianna:
This morning we found a big pile of humpback whales near the southern end of Stellwagen Bank. Venom, Nile, Cajun and her calf, Springboard and her calf, Infinity and more were all in the area, with Cajun’s calf being quite active!
This afternoon, the wind picked up as predicted but seas were still workable [...]