Trip Summaries from Beth K

Sorry for the delay! Here are the summaries of the trips from naturalist Beth K this week!

8/2 Tuesday:

PM: We traveled out to Stellwagen Bank, the weather was nice! We stopped on UFO traveling to start the trip. We watched Tongs and Perseid deep feeding together. Aswan and Shards were also in the area.

8/3 Wednesday:

AM: We had about 12-15 whales in the area, we watched about 10 whales in various groups open mouth feeding. We saw Cajun, Jabiru, UFO, Perseid, Aswan, Salt and calf, Tear, Fern, Nuages, and Elephant. Great close looks, whales feeding next to the boat.

PM: We went to a different area of Stellwagen and found one unknown whale traveling. We moved further to the east and found a group Echo and calf, Epee, and Firefly deep feeding together. We had great close looks of the whales surging to the surface, swimming under the boat.

8/6 Saturday:

AM: The whales were on the NW corner of Stellwagen Bank. We had great close looks at Pele and Bristle traveling together. Cajun and Draco were deep feeding together. We ended the trip with close looks at Tornado and calf, A Plus, and Perseid traveling together. We saw 2-3 minke whales too.

PM: In the afternoon, we started with Pele and Bristle traveling together. Cajun and Draco were also in the area. We moved on to watch Tornado and calf, A Plus, and Perseid deep feeding together. There were probably another 5 humpbacks in the area we didn’t get to see. We ended the trip with an unknown whale flipper slapping for 25 minutes. The whale rolled over next to the bow and kept traveling under our boat. Amazing looks!

8/7 Sunday:

AM: This morning the whales were close! We started the trip with Tornado and calf. We moved on to an area right on the corner  with 10 whales milling around and deep feeding. We saw Milkweed, Cajun, Perseid, Jabiru, Pele, and Bristle. We ended the trip watching Gladiator filter feeding and blowing bubbles with Shards. Gladiator moved on to feed with Piano as well. We got great looks at side lunging behavior and the whale’s pleats.

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