June 25

From Naturalist Laura-Humpback

I am happy to report we were able to find a humpback whale on the Northwest corner of Stellwagen today! Scylla's fin

Scylla was spending extended amounts of time at the surface, and even doing a little bit of feeding.  The screen on the fish finder of the Miss Cape Ann was lit up with bright red and orange, indicating a lot of fish beneath the boat.  Hopefully, this is an indication that other whales will soon move into the area.

Scylla Humpback whales use Stellwagen Bank as a feeding ground, it is not a mating or calving ground.  The whales spend all summer here, feeding, before heading south to their breeding ground off the Caribbean.  It is very important for the whales to be feeding while they’re here; the entire time they are in the Caribbean they are fasting.  This is why we can attribute our sightings on a day to day, week to week, month to month, and even year to year basis on just if there is fish in the area.  If there is no fish here the whales do not want to be here and need to move on to another feeding ground.

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