July 22

This morning’s trip started out with a pair of humpback whales taking 4 minute dives and mimicking each other’s behavior.

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After we spent some time with the pair we headed back toward shore and came across a mom calf pair. The mom was Habanero. Her calf was very curious and gave passengers some up close looks as it circled the boat!

Habanero, a female humpback

Habanero, a female humpback

Close to boat behavior from Habanero's 2015 calf.

Close to boat behavior from Habanero's 2015 calf.

More close to boat behavior from Habanero's 2015 calf.

More close to boat behavior from Habanero's 2015 calf.

Habanero's 2015 calf's tail.

Habanero's 2015 calf's tail.

Habanero's tail.

Habanero's tail.


The afternoon started much the same as the morning. We headed out toward Stellwagen Bank and first came across Habanero and her calf again. We had even closer looks at the calf this afternoon!

Extremely close look at Habanero's 2015 calf's rostrum.

Extremely close look at Habanero's 2015 calf's rostrum.

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Habanero and her 2015 calf.

Habanero and her 2015 calf.

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We then decided to head a little further offshore and came across 2 pairs of humpback whales. The first pair went down for a dive on our port side about 100 feet away when the second pair came up for a breath just 10 feet from our starboard side.

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DSC_0405We watched this pair for a little while and a mink whale that came through before a final humpback drifted in to our area. This whale was sleeping, but not for long because it quickly woke up with some flipper slapping and extremely close looks!!

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Who's watching who?

Who's watching who?

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