Wed, June 8, 2016

After a few seasons of having to transit extensive distances to locate whales, it is a welcome change to have a few whales on northern Stellwagen for us to enjoy.  We spent most of our trip watching Hancock and Shuffleboard feeding.  A few of the photos, zoomed in far enough, seem to show herring jumping out of the whale’s mouths!  Currently, humpback whales on Stellwagen, predominantly, eat sand lance, however herring used to be a large source of prey for them, before they were fished out by the 1970’s and 1980’s.  In addition to humpback’s, we also had our first basking shark sighting of the 2016 season.  We had some great looks as this animal filter fed alongside the boat!

Naturalist Laura

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