Archive for June, 2015

June 30

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

From Naturalist Dianna
What an incredible day on Stellwagen Bank! After many trips of running 30 miles to see one or a couple of whales, today we were surprised with dozens of whales only about 17 miles from home!  Everywhere we looked, we saw spouts, tails, breaches and flippers. At one point, 4 whales were breaching [...]

June 27

Monday, June 29th, 2015

From Naturalist Laura
Buona Fiesta! St. Peter’s Fiesta has taken over Gloucester this weekend! I spent my Fiesta Saturday on two whale watches.  After a few days of Scylla being the only humpback we could find on Stellwagen we were happy to see a few of our old stand by’s have moved back into the area.  Bilbo [...]

June 26

Friday, June 26th, 2015

From Naturalist Laura-
It was a bit breezy out on Stellwagen today, but we still had a great trip.  We found Scylla bubble feeding in the middle of the shipping lanes.  The shipping lanes pass through Stellwagen Bank, and is the route that most of the large tankers and cruise ships take when they are coming [...]

June 25

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

From Naturalist Laura-
I am happy to report we were able to find a humpback whale on the Northwest corner of Stellwagen today! 
Scylla was spending extended amounts of time at the surface, and even doing a little bit of feeding.  The screen on the fish finder of the Miss Cape Ann was lit up with bright [...]

June 22

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

From Naturalist Laura
I had never seen a fin whale lifting its head out of the water, almost spyhopping, in order to filter feed, until today. It was another gorgeous day on Stellwagen, and we were lucky to have a fin whale that was overly amenable to our whale watching efforts. Twice, this animal [...]

June 20

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

From Naturalist Laura-
Today I had my first two trip day of the season, signifying the fact that whale watch season is in full swing.  We found out on this morning’s trip that the whales that had been holding their ground on southern Stellwagen had moved.  The only whales left behind were Bilbo (also known as [...]

June 19

Friday, June 19th, 2015

From Naturalist Laura-
Consistency is the name of the game, right now, on Stellwagen Bank.  Consistency is great for the whales that we can identify, but day after day there are a few juveniles, kicking around, that are killing me because I can’t figure out who they are!  Today we had Wizard’s 2014 calf with Mostaza’s [...]

June 18

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

From Naturalist Laura-
Apparently Bilbo (aka Spoon) and her calf  are going to be the “regulars” for the 2015 season.  We had another great trip on the Miss Cape Ann that started with this cow/calf pair.  We got to watch them logging, or sleeping, at the surface for quite a while.  This is always a nice [...]

June 17

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

From Naturalist Dianna
Today the whales were still a bit of a ways away on southern Stellwagen Bank but after a little bit of a ride on the mighty Atlantic Ocean, we were suddenly surrounded by whales. We certainly can’t control where the whales will be located, or what they will be doing but we were [...]

June 14- 2:00 trip

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

From Naturalist Hannah-
Today was another long ride to the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank but it was definitely worth it. The seas were calm and the sun bright as we made our way south. There were reports of a few whales in that area from the morning trip but we were unsure as to what [...]