Archive for the 'General' Category

Thursday, June 29

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The whales moved a little bit south over night.  This morning we found Shuffleboard, surface feeding, just south of the shipping lanes.  There was also a fin whale in the area.  Hopefully, the whales don’t continue to head further south for the 4th of July weekend.  On our way home there was a humpback closer [...]

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

From Naturalist Dianna:
After a bit of a delay getting out of the harbor this morning, we were welcomed to Stellwagen Bank by Mogul, the humpback whale leaping out of the water repeatedly!  It seems as though our delay made for perfect timing to see this extravagant display! If we had left on time, we would [...]

June 26, 2017

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth
After a few hot, humid, foggy days we were happy to leave Gloucester harbor with bright blue skies and a cool, dry, breeze.  We had a great day on northern Stellwagen.  Owl’s precocious calf has a propensity to wander away from Owl, which was fine with us as we watched it roll around [...]

June 25, 2017

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

From Naturalist Laura
After a few hot, humid, foggy days we were happy to leave Gloucester harbor with bright blue skies and a cool, dry, breeze.  We had a great day on northern Stellwagen.  Owl’s precocious calf has a propensity to wander away from Owl, which was fine with us as we watched it roll around [...]

June 23, 2017

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
On Friday, we traveled about 20 miles off the coast of Gloucester to Stellwagen Bank. We spent most of our trip with Shuffleboard, the humpback whale. She was feeding at the surface, we were able to watch her filtering the salt water out of her baleen plates. In the area, we spotted three [...]

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
We had an amazing trip on Stellwagen Bank yesterday! On our way to the Bank we passed by two minke whales, but we started our trip with Valley and her calf. The calf was flipper slapping and rolling around at the surface. It was hard to leave this pair, but there were a few [...]

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Monday, June 19th, 2017

From Naturalist Laura:
Today was another great day on the Northwest corner of Stellwagen Bank.  When we left the harbor this morning the fog was so thick we could not even see the breakwater as we went past it.  Even out on Stellwagen we were in limited visibility for most of the morning.  Luckily, when the [...]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

From Naturalist Laura:
After a few days of scorching heat today was a wonderful change.  There was a little bit of a dry breeze with clear blue skies and calm seas.  It seems that the northwest corner of Stellwagen Bank has come back to life after a few weeks without a lot of action.  Today we saw [...]

Monday, June 12

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
This morning we headed south towards Stellwagen Bank. We spotted two fin whales to start our trip right off the eastern edge of the bank. We got a close look at one of the fin whales before spotting a basking shark at the surface. This shark was filter feeding at the surface and [...]

June 11, 2017

Monday, June 12th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
This afternoon we left Gloucester Harbor towards Stellwagen Bank. We started our trip with two fin whales in the area. Both whales staying up for a few surfacings but traveling quickly through the area. Even though we were on a whale watch, we stopped to look at a basking shark filter feeding just [...]