October 18, 2017

We had a great day today, with sightings of both baleen and toothed whales!

We weren’t far out of the harbor and spotted a large number birds in the distance. We soon saw splashes underneath them – dolphins!  We headed over and found hundreds of northern gannets and gulls, with about 100 Atlantic white-sided dolphins!  We see dolphins on 10-20% of our trips, but it’s extra unusual to see them with so many birds.  Both the dolphins and birds were intent on feeding, making it difficult to get pictures as they were traveling so quickly, but I got a couple.

Atlantic white-sided dolphin

Atlantic white-sided dolphin

We then moved on and saw some spouts – we had found a trio of humpback whales!  These whales were Pleats, A-Plus and Echo, all who have visited in recent weeks. We got some great looks at these whales from all sides of the boat.

Pleats and A-Plus

Pleats and A-Plus

Pleats and A-Plus

Pleats and A-Plus

We decided to do some exploring and found another whale – an unidentified humpback with a nearly all-black tail.  In this area, there was more bird live – gannets, plus some shearwaters and even a jaeger!

Pitcher

Pitcher

We decided to check out one more blow before heading home, and this turned out to be another familiar whale, Pitcher!

It was a beautiful and surprisingly balmy fall day on the water today!

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