July 15

Today was an absolutely beautiful day, despite the storm that was rolling in towards the end of our second trip. We started off the day and first trip with three minke whales that we got some quick but great looks at. We ventured on in hopes of bigger whale species further out.  We then stumbled upon our first humpback whale of the day, Dyad! She gave us some great looks, bringing her tail high above the surface of the water before diving down under. We then moved on to our second humpback whale, Alphorn. He was a very cooperative whale, staying relatively close to the boat often times in the same area. The first time we saw Alphorn he breached right out of the water two times but I only could get his splash on camera from all the excitement.  We also saw Flucrum, a female humback whale that is very distinctive in that she has propeller scars from a boat strike along both sides of her dorsal fin. We saw a fourth humpback that does not have a name but is known as Rapier’s calf from 2007. This whale had a type 4 tail, with only a small amount of white speckles. To wrap up the afternoon trip we got another glance at Alphorn as we headed back towards Gloucester Harbor.

For the second trip a storm was rolling in but that didn’t stop us. We started off the day with Dyad again who was sporadically moving around and surfacing all around the boat in many different areas. From this we assumed that Dyad was perhaps feeding. We spent quite some time watching Dyad and getting amazing glances at her beautiful white and black tail and great glances at her bright white pectoral flippers glowing fluorescent green underneath the water’s surface. We ventured on to another whale in the area that ended up being Rapier’s calf from 2007. This whale was being very active at the surface doing lots of bubble feeding and tail lobbing, perhaps stunning the fish below it. There was also a lot of bird life following this whale trying to snatch up the fish that may have escaped the whale’s mouth.  We got some great looks at its beautiful pectoral flippers and underside of its tail. As we were leaving the area we were then joined at the last minute by Dyad again, perhaps she was saying goodbye!

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