Archive for August, 2015

Aug 9

Monday, August 10th, 2015

From Naturalist Hannah
As my season as a Naturalist comes to an end, these whales will never cease to amaze me! Today was full of surprises and turbulence but ended as yet another incredible day on the ocean. We headed out of the harbor with a strong north-eastern wind and very choppy seas but the whales [...]

Aug 8

Monday, August 10th, 2015

From Naturalist Allison
Our morning trip brought us to the northwest corner of Stellwagen bank, where we encountered our first sighting – a bubble feeding humpback whale! I’m not positive on an ID for this whale yet, as it wasn’t showing its tail flukes consistently. Its dorsal fin and satellite tag scar on its back are [...]

Aug 7

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

From Naturalist Hannah
Today was another beautiful day on the ocean! We had two different trips today and were able to see a wide variety of behaviors and animals as we visited their marine habitat. The morning trip started out with a calm and sunny ride down the Southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank. This area is [...]

Aug 6

Friday, August 7th, 2015

From naturalist Allison
We took a bit of a ride on our morning trip, about 28 miles and ended up right around Provincetown. On our way down we did pass a minke whale and a fin whale, but we kept on going in order to find some larger groups of whales. The ride paid off and [...]

Aug 5

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

We had a welcomed surprise this morning soon after leaving the harbor. A pod of Atlantic white sided dolphins was spotted and we had some amazing looks at them as they cruised all around us and even played in our wake. This pod contained about 50 dolphins including many mothers with calves. The dolphins have [...]

Aug 4

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

The threat of thunderstorms didn’t scare away our passengers, or the whales, this afternoon. In spite of the dark cloud following us for most of the trip, we managed to stay mostly dry and even had the unique opportunity to be watching whales with lightning in the background!  We found 14-20 humpback whales on the [...]

Aug 3

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

From Naturalist Hannah
Today was one for the books! We had two great trips down to the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank along with some very welcome sights of a special whale. The seas were fairly calm and the sun shining as we headed out of Gloucester and down to an area just north of Provincetown. [...]

Aug 2

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

From Naturalist Hannah
Mid-season is upon us and the whales are continuing to give us great trips and different experiences each time we go. Today was certainly no exception. We started the day by heading to an area east of Stellwagen Bank known as Tillies Bank. Similar to Stellwagen, upwelling currents cause than area to be [...]

Aug 1

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

From Naturalist Allison
During our morning trip, it only took us about an hour of traveling before we came across our first whales – definitely closer than they have been! Our first whale sighting brought us a pair of humpback whales, who I was able to ID as Draco and Milkyway. I ID’d Draco this morning [...]

July 31

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

From Naturalist Hannah
It was another beautiful day out on the ocean today and we had some incredible looks at some of the large cetaceans that call the Gulf of Maine their summer home! We typically go to the south west corner of Stellwagon Bank which can be around 25 to 30 mile. Today was much [...]