July 14, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:

This morning we found a single humpback whale right outside of Gloucester Harbor. We stopped to take a few looks at this individual that was quickly traveling through the area. We decided to follow reports down to the southwestern edge of Stellwagen Bank. We arrived in the area to find about 10 different humpback whales including the famous Salt! She was the first whale ever named in our area back in 1976! It was great to see her in the area today! We also saw Spirit and Bolide traveling with a juvenile whale. The whales surfaced multiple times right next to the boat, the young whale even breached right in front of our boat. It was a great morning out on the water!

This afternoon we left Gloucester Harbor towards the southwestern corner of Stellwagen Bank. We started off our trip with looks at Echo’s 2014 calf breaching multiple times. We spotted a total of about 10-12 whales in the area. The whales were traveling in groups and likely feeding beneath the surface. We saw two mother calf pairs, Firefly and Hancock. It was great to get great close looks at the next generation of humpback whales. We also saw one of my favorites this afternoon, Pele. Perfect way to end the day out on Stellwagen Bank!

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