Archive for the 'General' Category

October 20

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Wow!  Today was one of my favorite days of the season.  We had gorgeous weather (70+ degrees in late October?!) and calm seas, and nearly too many whales to count!
We headed out about 14 miles from the harbor to Stellwagen Bank, where we found a plethora of feeding whales! Sometimes we’ll see 1 or 2 [...]

October 18

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

On this gloomy, foggy Tuesday, we were quite pleased with our whale sightings on the northern part of Stellwagen Bank today! We passed by a small pod of harbor porpoises on our way, and then we came upon 21 humpback whales and at least 3 minke whales. The humpbacks were gathered in 2 large groups [...]

October 15

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Today we had to make a long trek down to the southern end of Stellwagen Bank. Although it was a long ride, the whales were definitely worth it! We found a pod of harbor porpoises as we neared the larger whales.  These “toothed whales” were pretty cooperative. Usually, as soon as I point them out, [...]

October 12

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

We had a bit of a cruise today, but it was totally worth it!  We got a quick look at a minke whale, and then saw a dogfish (small shark) right off the bow!  We then moved into an area with many humpback whales, 10 in all.  They were so busy taking shallow dives that [...]

Oct 8

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Although it was an overcast day, the seas were very calm and the whales were great! We got to hang out with a few single humpback whales including one named Manhattan. There were a couple others in the area but we didn’t get to ID all of them. The highlight of the trip was getting [...]

October 7

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Incredible day of whale watching! Today was one of the best of my career. So many whales, so close to the boat as we just sat idle and let the whales come to us. Unbelievable! Over 20 humpbacks were in a small area, and some were seen in groups of 8-10 whales! We identified 4 [...]

Sept 26

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Today’s whale watch started off with a big splash…literally! We could see a whale breaching from the distance for about five minutes before we finally got close enough for it to breach right next to the boat, not once but twice! This whale I believe is a whale recently named Lollipop. After spending some time [...]

Wed., September 21

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

It was a gorgeous day, with sunny skies and calm seas!  After getting some quick looks at a pod of about 20 harbor porpoise on the way out, we spent a lot  of time with Komodo (born in 2007) and Vault (born in 2008). These two were together at first, and then separated, but surfaced [...]

Sept 18

Monday, September 19th, 2016

The forecast was predicting choppy seas, rain, and thunderstorms, so the crew of the Miss Cape Ann anxiously waited all day for the weather to get worse, luckily for us the lousy forecast never came to fruition.  We were delighted to find a handful of humpback whales on the northwest corner of Stellwagen Bank.  The [...]

Friday, Sept 16

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

We had a great trip yesterday, we went northeast towards Jeffrey’s Ledge, but ended up finding whales farther out to the east. We spent our whole trip with Victim and calf. The calf was being very active at the surface, while mom was likely deep feeding. The calf was tail breaching, belly up lobtailing, flipper [...]