Archive for August, 2016

Aug 20- 9:00 trip

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

This morning the whales were scattered around on the NW corner of Stellwagen Bank. We stopped to watch UFO surface close to the boat. UFO was logging and swimming just beneath the surface, we were able to get great close looks. We moved on to an unidentified juvenile humpback whale that was breaching and flipper [...]

Aug 19

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

AM: We had a great morning out on Stellwagen Bank with UFO traveling. We also got quick looks at Lutris in the area. We moved on to watch Cajun, Pele, and Perseid deep feeding. Draco attempted to join the trio, but after some trumpeting from Cajun, Draco surfaced away from the group. Lots of birds [...]

Aug 18

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

AM:
Gorgeous morning on the water! We went to Stellwagen Bank and spotted 4 singles milling around the area. The whales were staying down on longer dives. We started off with looks at Lutris, he was staying down on longer dives. We traveled about 1/4 mile to watch Cajun, Pele, and Perseid traveling together. We got [...]

August 17

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The seas were a little bumpy today, but that did not get in the way of a great sighting of Cajun, Perseid, and Pele.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch the meteor shower last week, which is Perseid’s namesake.  I heard it was phenomenal.  This trio spent our whole trip traveling together, mostly right next [...]

Tuesday, August 16

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Glassy calm seas makes from so awesome whale viewing! We started with a trio of humpbacks who were slowly swimming to the north. We could see their white flippers just below the surface without seeing the whales at all! Then they would break the calm water with a loud blow. Geometry and Cork were traveling [...]

Monday, Aug 15

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

From Naturalist Beth:
AM: Cajun and Pele were hanging on the NW corner again this morning, continuing to deep feed. We were lucky to see this pair surface close to the boat. We also saw a mola mola, a species I haven’t seen in a long time. The fish stayed at the surface and allowed us [...]

Sunday, Aug 14

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

From Naturalist Beth:
AM: It was a great morning to be out on the water, we found whales on the NW corner of Stellwagen Bank. We started off our trip with Cajun and Pele deep feeding. Cajun and Pele surfaced right next to the boat, Cajun swam right under us, we got some amazing looks at [...]

Wed, August 10

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

This morning we found humpback whale, Komodo, who was tail breaching and tail-lobbing!  We then saw Etch-a-Sketch and her calf nearby so we watched them for a bit. Also in the area were 4 fin whales, 3 of which were feeding together! One of these whales was Ladder (also seen yesterday). Ladder has a distinctive [...]

Tuesday, August 9

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

All sorts of variety on the Bank today! The birds are out in force. We had 100’s of shearwaters (great, Cory’s, sooty), Wilson’s storm petrels, common terns, a fulmar and some other unidentified small gulls.  For whales: minkes, fins and humpbacks were not too far from Gloucester!  For me, the coolest part of the morning [...]

Trip Summaries from Beth K

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Sorry for the delay! Here are the summaries of the trips from naturalist Beth K this week!
8/2 Tuesday:
PM: We traveled out to Stellwagen Bank, the weather was nice! We stopped on UFO traveling to start the trip. We watched Tongs and Perseid deep feeding together. Aswan and Shards were also in the area.
8/3 Wednesday:
AM: We [...]