Archive for July, 2015

July 18

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

From Naturalist Allison
This morning’s trip started out with some rainy weather but quickly cleared up. We started off the trip with a trio of humpback whales, one of whom was ID’d as Salt. Salt was the first humpback whale to ever be named back in 1976, and she became a great-grandmother in 2014. It was [...]

July 17, 9:00 trip

Friday, July 17th, 2015

From Naturalist Dave,
It was a beautiful morning on the ocean. Glass calm seas with only a faint breeze, the weather was perfect for whale watching. After traveling 28 miles from port to the southern end of Stellwagen Bank, the patience of passengers, captain and crew were rewarded with a trio of Humpbacks traveling, diving and [...]

July 15

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

From Naturalist Dianna
This afternoon’s whale watch started off glassy calm- perfect for searching for whales! When we reached the southern end of Stellwagen Bank, we started to see blows all over. Lots of humpback whales were around- some trios, some pairs and some singles. Our first 2 whales were Ventisca and a yet to be [...]

July 14

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

From Naturalist Dianna
Although we started our day off with some showers, the day cleared up nicely and we found some really awesome whales. The first pair we came upon was a mother fin whale with her calf!  Fin whales are the second largest animal on the planet and to be able to show off this [...]

July 13

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Naturalist Laura is off to Alaska for a while but she left behind her photos from Monday’s trip- looks like it was a pretty amazing day out there with “tons” of feeding humpback whales!

July 12, 9:00 trip

Monday, July 13th, 2015

From Naturalist Dave-
It was a spectacular morning at sea! The MCA traveled 30 miles to the southern end of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary for one of the best whale shows I’ve seen in a long time. There were at least 11 surface feeding humpbacks (and probably more we missed in the area) showing [...]

July 11

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

From Naturalist Laura
We had two great trips out on Stellwagen today.  In our first trip we followed Scylla around for a while as she erratically traveled and fed.  But, our efforts paid off when we went  to take one last look and she did a full breach right next to the boat!  This afternoon we [...]

July 9

Friday, July 10th, 2015

From Naturalist Laura
Today we made the long steam to southern Stellwagen Bank.  We have definitely been wracking up the miles on the Miss Cape Ann this summer.  So far I have done 27 trips; if each round-trip is on average 60 nautical miles, I’ve traveled about 1320 nautical miles, just going up and down Stellwagen [...]

July 8

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

From Naturalist Dianna
Beautiful day on the ocean today! Thankfully the storms forecasted didn’t amount to much where we were. Just a bit of rain for a few minutes and then the skies cleared and the seas were glassy calm!  We traveled down to the southern end of Stellwagen Bank again and found a minke whale [...]

July 7 2:00 trip

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

From Naturalist Dianna
What a spectacular day with Spoon (aka Bilbo) and her calf!! We had to travel to the southern end of Stellwagen Bank to find this active pair, but it was well worth the drive. Spoon has the reputation of being pretty lazy, often found sleeping and barely lifting her big tail out of [...]