May 12, 2012 WHALE WATCH..what a day!

What a fun whale watch on Saturday! This was our first weekend whale watch this season and it was spectacular! The weather was perfect for early May and made for a wonderful Mother’s day weekend.

It was great to have the Miss Cape Ann out on the water again. Capt. Mark was on board with first mate Ray, our resident photographer extraordinaire. See some of his unbelievable photos of whales below and on our facebook page. Beth, our Whale Center of New England trained naturalist, was also on board. She recently returned from her winter in St. Augustine, FL, where she performed aerial right whale studies along with fellow naturalist, Orla. We are so excited to have them back this season. Be sure to ask them about their winter adventures and research. We also have a new summer intern, Abbie, a student at North Eastern University, who will be assisting our naturalists recording whale behavior. Welcome Abbie!

Saturdays whale watch also brought out some other familiar faces. Hip Hip hooray….Mason was on board! As well as some of our other regulars, Deb and Cliff who traveled from New York. This just goes to show you once your come out with us, you are like family. You will want to, and many do, keep coming back for more and more whales!

The photos speak for themselves but here is a recap of what we saw:  At least 15 humpbacks, with 6 ID’d. They were Tongs, Falcon, Mostaza, Ventisca, Lavaliers 09 calf, and Scylla’s 08 calf. Scylla’s 08 calf was a great hit, playing with the boat for at least a half hour, also blowing bubbles, and spy hopping. We also saw flipper slapping, lobtailing and a small group of white sided dolphins


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After the whale watch a bunch of the crew and passengers wandered up to Capt. Carlos for some much needed drink and nourishment. Something about an amazing whale watch mixed with a warm night that makes you hungry and thirsty. It was fun to continue on with the whale’s tales (pun intended) and talk about the excitement of the day.

It is going to be an amazing whale watch season here at Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch! We can’t wait to see all of you soon!

One Response to “May 12, 2012 WHALE WATCH..what a day!”

  1. amy Says:

    Wow got some great looks at whales! Can’t wait to get out! Nice pictures