Archive for July, 2015

July 29

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

From Naturalist Dianna
Another hazy, hot and humid day on shore today. Thankfully being out on the ocean was much more comfortable! Our morning whale watch found 3 humpback whales relatively close to Gloucester- only about 24 miles!! This year the whales have been pretty far away so 24 miles seemed like a real treat.  We [...]

July 28

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

From Naturalist Dianna
After a rocky weekend, it was nice to come out on the ocean and be greeted by calm seas!  Both of our trips took us to the southern end of Stellwagen Bank where we found 2 young humpback whales spending time together.  Although both of these whales are quite distinctive, we still aren’t [...]

July 27

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

From Naturalist Hannah
We had a great day on the ocean today! It was a much calmer ride compared to yesterday as we headed down to a similar area. The southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank is still very productive and we have had great luck there in the past. As we made our way down we [...]

July 26

Monday, July 27th, 2015

From Naturalist Hannah
We had a great day on the ocean despite rough seas. We headed back to the South West corner of Stellwagen bank again and the seas were churning and gave us quite the interesting ride down. Once the Provincetown Tower was in view we spotted a few spouts ahead of us. We were [...]

July 25

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

This morning’s trip was such a special treat! We spent the whole time with a female whale named Bayou (born in 2006) who spent the entire time we were with her jumping out of the water! Bayou treated us to spinning head breaches, tail breaches, chin breaches, and back breaches! She even breached directly off [...]

July 24

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

MCA 7/24 Blog Post
Today was a beautiful day on the ocean! We decided to start the day by heading south west to the bottom corner of Stellwagen Bank. This bank is a National Marine Sanctuary and is also a location of upwelling where large amounts of nutrient rich waters are pushed upwards and interact with [...]

July 23

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

This morning’s trip started out with a single humpback whale who we got some great looks at. I was able to get a really nice fluke shot of this whale, but was unable to locate this whale in the catalog we have on board, so I didn’t have an ID this morning. However, I looked [...]

July 22

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

This morning’s trip started out with a pair of humpback whales taking 4 minute dives and mimicking each other’s behavior.

After we spent some time with the pair we headed back toward shore and came across a mom calf pair. The mom was Habanero. Her calf was very curious and gave passengers some up close [...]

July 21

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

From Naturalist Dianna
Today was the first day of the summer where it was actually hot on the ocean when the boat stopped to see the whales! Summer is definitely here! We traveled to Stellwagen Bank again and found 6 humpback whales a couple of minke whales. The whales were mellow this afternoon- slow surface traveling [...]

July 19

Monday, July 20th, 2015

From Naturalist Hannah
What a day! As usual, we started the day off by taking a guess and heading to the Northwest Corner of Stellwagen Bank. There were whales spotted there the previous day so we decided to take a chance a hope that they stuck close to the area over night. As we passed the [...]