Archive for the 'General' Category

October 20, 2017

Friday, October 20th, 2017

From Naturalist Dianna
Whales have been amazing lately! Yesterday was a bit tough for us since the whales were spending most of their time underwater, but today was incredible with at least 20 humpback whales just a dozen miles from Gloucester!  We had several groups of humpback whales and some solitary ones. Several times today, the [...]

October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

We had a great day today, with sightings of both baleen and toothed whales!
We weren’t far out of the harbor and spotted a large number birds in the distance. We soon saw splashes underneath them – dolphins!  We headed over and found hundreds of northern gannets and gulls, with about 100 Atlantic white-sided dolphins!  We [...]

October 9, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
Today we spotted about 10 different humpback whales in the fog. We spent time with multiple groups including Echo and Bayou. We got some amazing close looks. The whales were deep feeding beneath the surface.

October 5, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:
We left Gloucester harbor and headed NE. We found a handful of whales feeding out to the east. We had about 20 different humpback whales in the area along with about 400 Atlantic white-sided dolphins. It was amazing to see so many whales feeding in one area. We had multiple groups but watched Cattail [...]

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 [...]