June 13

From Naturalist Laura

Today we spent a beautiful afternoon on southern Stellwagen.  We spent most of the afternoon with Wizard, a female first identified in 1990.  Because Wizard was first seen as an adult in 1990 we do not know exactly how old she is.  Currently, the only way we can tell how old these animals are is by observing them while they’re a calf still traveling with their mother, then we can be sure it is that calf’s first year of life.  However, we believe whales can live extremely long lives.  The bowhead whale is a species that inhabits the waters north of the Arctic circle, and can live to be at least 212 years old.  Imagine all of the things a whale swimming around in the Arctic Ocean has seen over the past 200 years.

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