Archive for August, 2015

Aug 31

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Another day, another trip to southern Stellwagen.  We were lucky to find Rapier and her calf traveling with Lutris.  Lutris has a marking on the right fluke which resembles a sea otter floating on its back, and thus it’s namesake; Enhydra lutris is the scientific name for sea otters.  Rapier’s calf was rolling at the surface [...]

Aug 30

Monday, August 31st, 2015

On our morning trip we traveled south on Stellwagen until we came across our first sighting – a humpback whale! This whale had a very unique dorsal fin with a lot of white markings and I recognized it from the previous day’s trip. It was a whale I had seen before, but unfortunately did not [...]

Aug 29, 2:00 trip

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

From Naturalist Allison
On our afternoon trip we had 4 humpback whales and a whole lot of activity! We started with a pair of humpbacks who were being a bit elusive and surfacing a bit far from us. One of them had a dorsal fin that looked like it had a bite taken out of it! [...]

Aug 29, 9:00 trip

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

From Naturalist Amy-
The weather was absolutely beautiful and calm this morning as we headed to the southeast corner of Stellwagen Bank! We spotted two spouts in the distance and arrived to find Cajun and her calf logging at the surface. The two came closer to the boat and as Cajun continued to log, the calf [...]

Aug 28

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

The fog has officially cleared off of Stellwagen Bank.  The weather was perfect for wearing just shorts and a sweatshirt, and in my opinion is the best dress code an employer can require.  Southern Stellwagen treated us to a pod of approximately 50 Atlantic White Sided dolphins.  Atlantic White Sided dolphins are a cold water [...]

Aug 27

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Our morning trip took us 29 miles off shore to the Southern part of Stellwagen bank, where we found some familiar tails – Pele, Cajun, and Cajun’s calf. As we approached, we saw a breach! Cajun’s calf had jumped out of the water. As we got a bit closer, we got another back breach. The [...]

Aug 26

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

We decided to mix things up a little bit today and head up to Jeffreys Ledge.  It was nice to have visibility (for a change), and get away from the heat and humidity on land.  We had one humpback whale, and there was another in the area.  We got some great looks at the animal’s [...]

Aug 25

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

If the wind must blow, I am glad that it was southerly today, as we had to head south to find whales. That meant a bit of a bumpy ride to the whales, but a nice calm ride back home!  After a long trek down the Bank, we finally started to spot some spouts. The [...]

Aug 22

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Despite some gloomy weather and some rough seas, we managed to have two great trips today! Thank you to our hardy passengers for braving the waves. On our morning trip, as we made our way to the southwest corner of Stellwagen, we came across two humpback whales travelling together. Another boat was watching them and [...]

Aug 21

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

We started off the afternoon with a Humpback whale named Nile and caught a glimpse of another humpback moving into the area. We thought that this whale might be Shards, a tagged whale that Nile has been seen with in the past couple of days. We then moved on to the group of five Humpbacks [...]