Wednesday, Sept. 27

What a fabulous day on the water! It’s hard to believe autumn is here as the temperatures were in the 80’s when we left the dock.  We had beautiful sunny skies, relatively calm seas and excellent visibility.

Our first sighting came shortly after we left the dock. Just as we rounded Thacher Island, we spotted a blow. This turned out to be a humpback whale named Dross, a humpback first sighted in 1997.  Dross was feeding using bubble clouds – we kept seeing these bubbles float to the surface shortly after Dross surfaced.  We also had a quick, but great look at a minke whale in this area.

Dross

Dross

We headed further offshore to the southern end of Jeffreys Ledge and started seeing more blows. Soon, it appeared there were humpbacks everywhere!  It was hard to keep track of them all, but it appears there were at least 17 whales in the area, many of them organized into duos and trios that were spread out all around us!

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We got to see some fun behaviors too, including a whale blowing bubble rings, a couple tail breaches and full breaches (which I unfortunately missed with my camera).

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Close look at a humpback

Close look at a humpback

Our last sighting was of three whales. We thought two of these were a mother and calf pair. Suddenly some fog started rolling in and we could barely see 1/4 mile in front of us.  Luckily, at that point it was about time to go, but as we headed out, the calf started belly-up lobtailing over and over, smacking its fluke on the surface and making a lot of splashes.

Lobtailing

Lobtailing

Still working on some whale ID’s, but I’ll post them here if we figure them out!

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