Friday, July 13, 2018

From Naturalist Beth

This morning on our way to Stellwagen Bank we spotted Crown, the humpback whale, she was staying down on long dives so we decided to keep making our way towards the bank. There we found three different humpback whales, Cardhu, Etch-a-Sketch, and Milkweed. All three females were milling through the area. Etch-a-Sketch and Cardhu came up feeding together right in front of our boat.

This afternoon we traveled back to Stellwagen Bank, a little farther south than this morning. We started our trip with Serengeti the humpback whale, first seen in 2010. We also watched a minke whale come up right next to our boat while waiting for Serengeti to surface again. We also saw Etch-a-Sketch in the area, she tail breached twice. In response, Cardhu started slapping her tail on the surface (a behavior we call lobtailing) and flipper slapping right next to the boat. It was certainly an unexpected surprise. It was great to see rare surface active behavior this afternoon!

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