Archive for June, 2016

Friday, June 24

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

The last two days, on Stellwagen Bank, have been nothing short of phenomenal. We’ve had four species of whales (fin whales, minke whales, sei whales, and more humpback whales than we could count). The prey species seems to have shifted to sand lance in the last week or so, we know this because we could [...]

June 22, 2016

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

What a day on the bank! There is so much life out there, everywhere we looked we could see blows and tails! We had at least 15 humpbacks in the area for our trip today, with a couple minke whales scattered about and a fin whale also hanging around in the distance. Humpbacks identified were [...]

June 21, 2016

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Happy Summer!!  Today is the first full day of summer and the whales appeared to be celebrating.  Our trip to Stellwagen Bank was a bit rocky, but once we found the whales (thanks to a little help from our friends on FV Foxy Lady), the seas simmered down and the whales were pretty amazing!  We [...]

June 19, 2016

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

On our morning trip, we first spent time with a beautiful pair of fin whales who surfaced right alongside our port side. We saw other blows in the area and continued on to find a pair of humpback whales! Some passengers saw that they were breaching in the distance as we made our way over [...]

June 18, 2016

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Finally, it feels like summer has begun on Stellwagen Bank! For the last week we have been witnessing an increase in, visible, bait, birds, and whales. However, we still had not seen an abundance of humpbacks (aside from our ever reliable Hancock and Shuffleboard), until Saturday. Our morning trip had five humpbacks, including Milkyway and [...]

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Today we found humpback whale named Ravine and her newest calf! The calf was pretty cute, coming up close by and rolling a  bit at the surface. Also saw a cool fin whale!! Great day

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Glassy seas greeted us on Stellwagen Bank this morning, in addition to yellow bands of thick pollen that ran for miles. The density of baitfish has continued to accumulate, and the fish finder showed schools stretching from the surface to the sea floor. Another four species day for us on the Miss Cape Ann (if [...]

Wed, June 15, 2016

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Today was a beautiful day to go on a whale watch. The weather was clear, pleasantly cool, and the sunshine felt wonderful. In addition, Stellwagen has really started to come to life. Over the last week there has been a noticeable increase in birds, bait, and best of all, whales! The calm seas made for [...]

Get into your Sanctuary

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Stellwagen Bank is so very important to Capt. Bill’s and all the whale watch companies off the New England coast.  We are very pleased that NOAA is having its annual “Get Into Your Sanctuary”  celebration on June 25-27th!  The celebration will help spread awareness of the importance of National Marine Sanctuaries nationwide.  AND there are [...]

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Today was beautiful day on the water with plenty of visibility and calm seas. We did quite a bit of traveling today, but it certainly paid off as we were treated to some fantastic sightings! We started off the trip with a feeding humpback whale named Shuffleboard. Shuffleboard was busy corralling prey and blowing a [...]