Archive for June, 2018

Wed, June 27, 2018

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

From Naturalist Beth:
This morning we made our way to Jeffreys Ledge, just before the southern end of the ledge we found about 10 different humpback whales! Some of our favorites from yesterday were still in the area, Spoon and calf, Wigwam and calf, and Pinball (who is adoptable!).

We also spotted a male humpback whale named [...]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

From Naturalist Beth:
Today was such an amazing day out on the water, I don’t even know where to begin! We left Gloucester Harbor on our way to Jeffrey’s Ledge but quickly found Scylla, the humpback whale, only 4 miles outside of the harbor. She surfaced regularly right next to the boat, staying up for multiple [...]

June 23, 2018

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

From Naturalist Beth:
This morning we traveled to the NW corner of Stellwagen Bank and found Nine, a female humpback whale, feeding. She surfaced right next to the boat filtering out the saltwater. About 5 miles away we found Dross and her calf, the calf is very independent already. It was breached multiple times right next [...]

June 22, 2018

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

From Naturalist Beth
Today we traveled just south of the NW corner of Stellwagen Bank. There we found 3 different humpback whales. We started off our trip with incredible close looks at Shuffleboard feeding right next to the boat. She gave us a surprise first look, surging to the surface with her mouth wide open! We [...]

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

From Naturalist Laura
Whale watching out of Gloucester allows the captain and naturalist to be indecisive, then decide, then change their minds, decide, and change their minds over and over again.  Gloucester is positioned between Jeffreys Ledge to the north and Stellwagen Bank to the south, so we can contemplate until we are well out of [...]

Wed, June 20, 2018

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

From Naturalist Beth:
Today we traveled to the NW corner of Stellwagen Bank. There we found Dross and her calf. The calf was very independent throughout the beginning of the trip, spending time about a 1/4 mile away from Dross. The pair eventually surfaced together as mom began to feed. It was amazing to watch the [...]

Monday, June 18, 2018

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

From Naturalist Laura
Things were a little bumpy on Stellwagen Bank today, but that did not prevent us from tremendous sightings.  Shuffleboard seems like she hasn’t stopped feeding since we left her yesterday; time spent building up that blubber layer is time well spent!  We tried to follow Dross and calf for a bit, but the [...]

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

From Naturalist Laura:
Days like today are the reason I love my job.  We spent most of the day with Bilbo (aka Spoon) and her calf.  In my experience, Bilbo is good at two things in life, staying down on long dives and sleeping, and we saw both of those things today.  But, while Bilbo was [...]

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

From Naturalist Beth:
This morning we traveled to the southern end of Jeffrey’s Ledge and found lots of wildlife! We spotted a total of four minke whales throughout the trip. One minke whale surfacing right next to the boat! We also spent time with two humpback whales, Gondolier and Clamp, feeding separately in the area. We [...]

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday, June 15th, 2018

From Naturalist Laura:
Day by day the whales have been moving around, which keeps life interesting, but also a bit stressful when you’re the naturalist trying to find the whales for the trip!  Today, we ended up a little bit south of Jeffreys Ledge, where we were treated to a three species day.  We started with [...]