July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

Today was the calmest day we’ve seen in a long time!   This morning we saw humpback whales about 20 miles from Gloucester. The first was Shuffleboard, a female. We watched her for a few surfacings before spotting a couple other whales in the area.

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One of these was Gondolier, a male who was seen on Jeffreys Ledge just yesterday morning, about 30 miles north!

These whales certainly move around a lot!  Then we spent some time with a 3rd humpback named Dross. This whale was taking short dives and not moving too quickly, allowing us great views.

Intern Heddie recording research data

Intern Heddie recording research data

This afternoon, we had a much more difficult time finding whales. We had to travel 30 miles to see anything at all. We passed a minke whale just before seeing a pair of sleepy humpbacks, Spoon and Touchdown.

Touchdown

Touchdown

At one point, 3 minke whales were up at the surface, and one came right into the area with the humpbacks, and then swam right across our bow! Great looks at this “small” (25 foot) whale.

2 humpbacks and a minke!

2 humpbacks and a minke!

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As we say, every trip is different and we never know what to expect from Mother Nature.

Can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring!

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