May 30

From Naturalist Laura:

After yesterday’s quest in the fog, Captain Dave and I were relieved to leave Gloucester harbor with clear skies, even if it was a little bit breezy.  We made the decision early on to head roughly in the same direction we went yesterday, but cheating a little more to the north.  During our transit the wind started to pick up, as expected.  By the time we got to southern Jeffreys Ledge a few of the passengers had been cooled off by a little bit of spray.  Just like fog can be a burden, bumpy seas can make finding whales difficult in it’s own way.  Typically, we find whales by looking for their blows at the surface, which look like puffs of smoke sitting on the water.  But, when the seas are choppy and the wind is blowing it can be difficult to discern what is a cresting wave getting blown by the wind, and what is a whale’s exhalation.  Luckily, we were able to come across Spoon (aka Bilbo) and her calf!

Spoon and calf They were spending quite a bit of time at the surface, which is always a nice treat.  The calf was tail breaching (throwing the bottom 1/3rd of it’s body out of the water) for a while before it began to nurse.  Spoon's 2014 calf While the weather has been fighting against us the last two days, we’ve managed to pull together two good trips!  Spoon

Spoon's 2015 calf It seems like the weather is going to keep us on land for a couple of days now, but we’ll be excited to see what is out there the next time we get offshore!

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