July 28, 2017

From Naturalist Beth

This morning we traveled down to the southwestern edge of Stellwagen Bank. We found a couple groups of whales deep feeding. We spend time with Firefly and her calf with Nile. Firefly’s calf came up right next to the boat, shortly after Nile and Firefly surfaced right underneath our bow. We got some amazing looks. We also watched Jabiru, Eruption, and Pele deep feeding. There were about 10 whales feeding in the area.

This afternoon we found Firefly and her calf just north of the southwest corner. The calf breached clear out of the water, unexpectedly, right next to the boat while Firefly continued to feed beneath the surface. The calf breached about 7-8 times! After breaching, the calf spent time nursing. It was great to watch this pair interact with each other.

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