Archive for May, 2015

May 30

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

From Naturalist Laura:
After yesterday’s quest in the fog, Captain Dave and I were relieved to leave Gloucester harbor with clear skies, even if it was a little bit breezy.  We made the decision early on to head roughly in the same direction we went yesterday, but cheating a little more to the north.  During our [...]

May 29

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

From Naturalist Laura:
We left Gloucester harbor in beautiful conditions, with our hopes high for a great day on the water.  There were reports of whales on Tillies Bank, half way between Stellwagen Bank and Jeffreys Ledge, so we set our sights in that direction.  Unfortunately, it quickly became abundantly obvious that fog was going to [...]

May 25 Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

From Naturalist Laura:
It was a hazy, overcast day on the Miss Cape Ann, but that did not prevent us from seeing whales!  We had to take a bit of a ride to the south before we found anything.  But, finally, with Cape Cod in view, we came across Zeppelin, for our first sighting of the [...]

May 24

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

From Naturalist Dave:
It was a beautiful day on the water. Hardly a cloud in the sky, although Mother Nature made us work pretty hard for our 11 humpbacks today, battling through a fairly strong wind and building sea. We steamed 30 miles from port to the southern end of Stellwagen, but were rewarded for our [...]

May 23

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

From Naturalist Laura:
It was a breezy morning in Gloucester, but as we moved into the afternoon it turned out to be beautiful weather for the start of Memorial Day weekend.  We had a very pleasant trip on the Miss Cape Ann today.  We had two humpback whales traveling together on the northwest corner of Stellwagen [...]

May 21- The Trio

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Today we spent time with three humpback whales, all traveling together! It’s always a treat to see one, but having all three side by side was great! This trio was just cruising at the surface and wasn’t moving very fast making it easy for us to get good looks at them without having to “chase” [...]

May 17: Quality, not Quantity

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Today’s weather tried its best to inhibit our abilities to find whales, but sometimes we come out on top with a little bit of skill and a whole lot of luck.  The fog thickened as we neared Stellwagen Bank, and reduced visibility isn’t always great when we are looking for whales.   However, as we approached [...]

The 2015 Season is Underway!

Monday, May 18th, 2015

What a great start to our season! On Thursday, May 7, the Miss Cape Ann brought a group of students from Triton Academy out to Stellwagen Bank to search for whales. As we left the harbor, we got a quick look at a shy harbor seal. Then with land still in close [...]