July 25

This morning’s trip was such a special treat! We spent the whole time with a female whale named Bayou (born in 2006) who spent the entire time we were with her jumping out of the water! Bayou treated us to spinning head breaches, tail breaches, chin breaches, and back breaches! She even breached directly off our stern at one point, surprising the passengers there. She also was doing some flipper slapping, belly up flipper slapping, lob tailing, and belly up lob tails. She was doing this acrobatic behavior the entire time that we spent with her. Her behavior was almost predictable at points, as she would take a couple of breaths, fluke, and then pop out of the water with a full breach. After that she’d follow it with a couple of head breaches and then continue swimming/spouting normally, then fluke again and begin the whole process again with a full breach. It really was quite a special trip, as breaching definitely doesn’t happen every day, especially not breaching the entire trip!

Chin breach
Chin breach

Tail breach
Tail breach

Bayou breaching
Bayou breaching

This afternoon’s trip brought us pretty close to Provincetown, where we encountered a group of four humpback whales. In this group, whales ID’d were Pele (first seen in 1997), Perseid (female, born in 1998), and Sundown. I didn’t have an ID for Sundown this afternoon, but was able to find a match in the catalog after the trip. The fourth whale I was unable to match to the catalog. We got some fantastic looks at these whales who kept surfacing all around us very close to our boat. They seemed to surface off our bow most often but at one point surfaced incredibly close to our starboard side! Everyone on that side got great looks at those whale’s bumpy faces. These whales also appeared to be doing a bit of feeding behavior, as they were thrusting their heads out of the water upon surfacing, indicating that they were filtering some food. What an amazing day!

Pele
Pele

Perseid going on a deeper dive
Perseid going on a deeper dive
Close-up whale face!

Close-up whale face!

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