Archive for September, 2015

Sept 28

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Although Monday usually means a bit of grogginess for us on land, out on Jeffrey’s Ledge marine life was excited and active! Our trip got off to a quick start when we spotted an Ocean Sunfish right outside of Gloucester Harbor. After our ocean sunfish we carried on, passing by Thatcher Island and continuing north [...]

Sept 27

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Our trip to Jeffrey’s Ledge this morning brought us a quick look at a whale breaching and flipper slapping in the distance. As luck would have it, as soon as we approached, the whale quieted down, taking only a few breaths before diving down. It turned out to be Hornbill, a male who frequently is [...]

Sept 20

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Tons of activity and tons of whales out on Jeffrey’s Ledge today! In the morning we saw a humpback mom and calf pair, Shuffleboard and her new 2015 calf. Her calf was being very playful, spending most of the sighting belly-up, rolling around, and slapping its pectoral fins on the water. It even swam, belly-up, [...]

Sept 18

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Today we ventured back down to Stellwagen Bank. The whales had of course moved from where they were yesterday, but we found some whales that weren’t seen on yesterday’s trip!
We began with a pair of sleepy humpbacks who were just identified as Samara and Bombay. Bombay was the larger of the two, and she was [...]

Sept 17

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Today we headed back to the Northwest corner of Stellwagen Bank and we were not disappointed! We quickly picked up several blows and headed towards them were we spent some time with two humpbacks Patches and Scylla. They were with us for quite a while. We got some really fantastic looks at their white glowing [...]

Sept 15

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Another lovely day on Jeffreys Ledge! We are really getting treated to some great sightings much closer to home. Today we found a big fin whale, the second largest animal on the planet! This one was a well-known individual, #0354, who has a beautiful marble-like chevron marking on his back and a distinctive dorsal fin.
We [...]

Sept 13

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Not the most comfortable ride today, but we managed despite the fog and choppy seas. We made our way north today to Jeffries Ledge where we spotted three humpback whales to start off. They were ID’d as Nine, Highlighter, and Vulture.
After a bit we left the three to look at other blows around. We [...]

Sept 12

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Today was an absolutely beautiful day to be out on the water. It was sunny, breezy, the perfect temperature and we had marine life all around us! Our trip north to Jeffrey’s Ledge started with some really close up looks at some ocean sunfish, or Mola molas. The first one was one of the biggest [...]

Sept 8

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Being situated in Gloucester really does give us an advantage in the choice of whale feeding grounds. We have Jeffreys Ledge to our north, and Stellwagen Bank to our south. Today we decided to head north to the Ledge and it certainly paid off!  As we rounded the tip of Cape Ann, we started to [...]

Sept 7

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer (don’t worry we still whale watch in the fall).  This as been the summer of southern Stellwagen, so what better way to spend the last day of summer, than on southern Stellwagen.  We were not disappointed, with sightings of a group of five humpbacks circling the boat [...]