July 1-2, 2017

From Naturalist Beth

Saturday 7/1 AM:

This morning we traveled to Stellwagen Bank and started on one fin whale. There were quite a few boats in the area so we decided to take a ride down to the southwestern corner of the bank and found three humpback whales. We started our trip with Spoon taking long dives, but surfacing right next to the boat. We also saw Dross and Shuffleboard in the area. We were the only boat out of Gloucester that morning to see humpback whales! It was a great morning out on the water.

Saturday 7/1 PM:

This afternoon we traveled to the southern end of Stellwagen Bank to watch Dross and Spoon traveling together. Both whales surfaced right next to the boat! We moved further north to find Shuffleboard feeding before making our way back to Gloucester.

Sunday 7/2 AM:

This morning we took a great ride to the edge of Jeffrey’s Ledge where we found Valley and her calf. The calf was active at the surface, tail breaching and flipper slapping during the trip. We were afforded amazing close looks at the pair. It was amazing to see Valley traveling through the area with her calf.

Saturday 7/2 PM:

This afternoon we had an amazing trip on southern Stellwagen Bank. Both Dross and Shuffleboard, the humpback whales, were feeding in the area. Dross blew a bubble net right underneath our bow and surfaced right next to the boat. We watched both whales as they continued to feed. On the way home, we spotted an amazing pod of Atlantic white-sided dolphins. The dolphins were jumping through our boat wake and followed our boat as we moved through the area. It was a perfect way to end an amazing day!

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