July 15

From Naturalist Beth:

This morning we found about 12 different humpback whales on the southwestern corner of Stellwagen Bank! We started off our trip watching Pele and Bristle traveling together. While watching the pair, researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution collected a blow sample from Pele as he surfaced to breathe. It was great to see research happening firsthand! We also watched two juvenile whales before finding a large group of 5 humpback whales traveling together including Firefly and her calf and Spirit. The calf was rolling around at the surface while the adults fed below.

This afternoon we traveled down to the southern end of Stellwagen Bank again to find Firefly and her calf logging at the surface. We were able to get some great looks at the pair while they took their afternoon nap. We spent the rest of our time with Spoon and Salt, two long time Stellwagen Bank favorites! It was amazing to see these two large females traveling together.

Images to come soon!

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