Aug 3, 2017

From Naturalist Dianna

This morning we headed back to the SW corner of Stellwagen Bank where we found lots of blows, mostly from humpback whales. We spent most of our time with a pair- Arroyo and her first calf!  The calf was logging (napping) as we approached, and then woke up to find its mom. Arroyo and her calf came up together for the next few surfacings. Then the calf began to stray a little, coming up 100 yards from Arroyo.  Pelagic bird sightings included many Wilson’s storm petrels, a sooty shearwater, a Cory’s shearwater, and a few great shearwaters.  As we were getting ready to leave, we saw a huge fin whale nearby and even got the bonus sighting of a beautiful sailing ship!

This afternoon, we changed things up a bit and headed north to Jeffreys Ledge. Up there we found 3 humpback whales (Owl and her calf, and Hornbill) and 1-2 minke whales!  Both Owl and Hornbill are adoptable through Blue Ocean Society so this was especially exciting for us!    And I also have to say how thankful I am to work with Captain Dave, who is not only respectful of the whales, but also of the other boats trying to watch the whales….You folks on board this trip know what I’m talking about :)

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