July 29

July 30th, 2016

Even though it was rainy, windy and foggy today for the morning trip we still had an excellent day of whale watching. We started off the day with two single humpback whales, getting a nice glance at both of their dorsal fins. We then moved on to an active humpback calf that was rolling on to its back, throwing its tail flukes in the air, acting playful and curious. It was also doing head stands, sticking its tail all the way out of the water. As we ventured on we saw the calf reunite with what looked to be its mother. We ended the day with a sextet of humpback whales in a very foggy area. We had to be very quiet in order to hear them surface. We thought we only saw a trio but to our surprise three more popped up with them. One of the six being Crisscross who was born in 2009. The group was surfacing together for quite some time and we were able to get some great looks at the underside of their tail flukes. The sextet then split up in what seemed to be pairs. We then headed back to Gloucester harbor through the fog.

The weather cleared up nicely for the afternoon trip so we ventured on out to the North West corner of Stellwagen bank. We started off the day with a trio of very elusive fin back whales. We could see their very tall spouts in the distance but as soon as we reached their location they disappeared. We spent the rest of the day with a humpback whale named UFO. We got some really incredible close up looks at UFO right below the surface of the water, giving the passengers an idea of how massive these animals really are. We noticed something different about UFO by its blowhole. There was a circular wound about the size of its blowhole. We were happy to see that despite UFO’s wound he/she is doing very well and was actively swimming around near our boat.

July 27

July 28th, 2016

Today was a lovely day off shore. In the morning we watched Hancock who has been hanging around the area lately. She gave us some great looks and we then watched a trio of female humpbacks, Cajun, Jabiru, and Perseid. Cajun often associated with the same particular individuals, Jabiru and Perseid being two of them, so it was fun seeing them all together. They surprised us by surfacing directly off our starboard bow, giving us incredible close to boat looks. We then found a very small whale that appeared to be a juvenile. This what jumped out of the water once and then stopped all surface activity unfortunately. This small whale did decide to get very close to us, however, giving us all our second close to boat looks of the morning.

This afternoon we headed back to the bank and found Hancock again. We also found another smaller individual that appeared to be a juvenile, but a different one from the morning! This whale surprised us with two tail breaches and one belly-up lobtail which was unexpected and fun to see! We then finished our trip with looks at Cajun, Jabiru, and Perseid again. Thanks to all our passengers for coming out to see the whales today, hope to see you again soon!

July 26

July 26th, 2016

This morning we found a humpback whale on our way to Stellwagen Bank. This whale was taking 5-6 minute dives and when we finally saw her tail, we could tell this was a humpback named Shuffleboard!

We spotted a couple of  minke whales not too far away and then another humpback whale before continuing on.

Before we knew it, we had 5 whales all together in a group! Seeing all these whales charging the surface together was quite amazing.   But it got better…. One of the whales, Perseid left the group and as she did, Pele breached!  Then Pele kept breaching over and over, 18 times!! Pele headed off as well, leaving a trio of females together.  Then to our surprise, one of the females named Hancock breached! We really got spoiled this morning!!

This afternoon, we found a trio of minke whales just before we found the humpback whales. The minkes were awesome and came up in all directions around the boat!!  For the humpbacks, we found most of the same whales as the morning trip. Pele and Perseid were paired up and the trio was still together (Jabiru, Hancock and Cajun).   Although no breaching by Pele this afternoon, we did get some incredible views as these huge whales surfaced really close to our boat! We must have been above some really great whale food to keep them in such a small area for so long!  Those who hoped to escape the heat on land were disappointed though, as it was still really hot 15 miles offshore!

July 24

July 24th, 2016

On today’s morning whale watch we got to pass by a few minke whales within an hour of heading out! We started out the trip by spending some time with a fin back whale. This whale gave us some cool looks at the largest baleen whale in the Gulf of Maine.

From the fin back whale we moved on to a single humpback whale, Mayo. Mayo was bubble feeding, creating a large ring of bubbles and then appearing right next to it. It was a really interesting sight to see! From this single humpback we moved on to a trio, Cajun, Pele and Jabiru. This trio came close to the boat a few times, startling us a bit!

We ended up the trip hanging out with a very active Hancock. This humpback whale was giving us a LOT of evidence of feeding, including some filtering at the surface and bubble clouds. We starting heading back and got another quick look at Mayo feeding near some birds.

Our afternoon trip had almost the same whales. We started with two active fin whales who got very close to our boat. Then passed a minke on the whale to a single humpback whale. We weren’t able to identify this individual but later on we ran into Hancock again who was still feeding. We finished the day with Cajun, Pele and Jabiru. This trio was together last summer, so it’s really interesting to see them together again!

We hope you’ll join us out there this week with great whales and great weather!

July 23

July 23rd, 2016

This morning we had an amazing sighting of a pod of about 35-45 Bottlenose dolphins! We also saw a large pod of about 400-500 Atlantic white sided dolphins. We spent some time with a juvinle humpback whale and the same trio from Friday, deep feeding again.

July 22

July 23rd, 2016

We had a great day out on the water on Friday the 22nd. Here’s what we saw:

AM trip:

Large pod of around 100 Atlantic white sided dolphins

Shuffleboard was doing some filter feeding at the surface with some bubbles.

Dyad stole the show with great looks at open mouth feeding with plenty of birds grabbing a free snack.

We saw about 3 fin whales, one great close look at a fin whale feeding, pleats expanded, off the bow.

We saw about 5-6 minke whales in the same area.

Plenty of shearwaters, gulls and storm petrels.

We saw Pele, Cajun, and Jabiru deep feeding, got some great looks at the trio.

PM trip:

We saw about 3 minke whales throughout the trip.

Started with Shuffleboard breaching and flipper slapping.

Ended the trip with Cajun, Pele, and Jabiru deep feeding.

July 21

July 22nd, 2016

The whales were all about feeding today! On our morning trip we first started out with three humpback whales that are often seen together – Pele, Cajun, and Jabiru. We got great looks at the trio before moving on to some other whales in the area, getting a brief look at two more whales, one ID’d as Bolide. We then found ourselves with a pair of kick feeding humpback whales! Our pair turned out to be Dracula and Amulet. Dracula and Amulet were busy kicking their tails on the surface of the water, blowing bubble nets, and then coming up mouth wide open to collect all of their hard-earned prey. We got beautiful looks at humpback baleen and observed them being flocked by hundreds of gulls trying to steal fish from the mouths of the whales!

In the afternoon, we started off our trip with a female humpback named Dyad. After some good looks at her, we moved on to a pair in the area that turned out to be Shuffleboard and Cantilever. We watched them for a bit and noticed a group of four also around the area. However, we got a report of feeding activity further up ahead of us and Captain Dave decided that he wanted to go the extra mile (or 7!) to ensure that our passengers got the best trip possible. So we ventured 7 miles further south and we were very lucky we did because we found about 5 feeding humpback whales! Whales ID’d in this group were Dracula, Amulet, and Bolide. There was also a much smaller whale around that looked like it could have been a calf or a juvenile. This smaller whale gave us a quick tail breach among all the feeding going on by the adults. We witnessed kick-feeding and saw humpbacks come up open mouthed, showing their baleen. It really was a breath-taking day, it’s great to see so much productivity on Stellwagen Bank!

July 20

July 20th, 2016

Lots of whales on the bank today, they were just a little spread out! In the morning we had 4 humpbacks in the area. The first one we spent time with was Farfalle. Farfalle was born in 2013 and just received a name, getting his or her unique name from a butterfly shaped marking on the left tip of the tail fluke. We also saw Shuffleboard the female humpback whale, and got a quick look at a third in the area.

In the afternoon we had about 5 humpbacks in the area and 3 minke whales throughout the trip! We got great looks at a female humpback name Dyad who was clearly busy doing some feeding today as she was filtering a few times upon surfacing. We saw a number of other blows in the area and tried to get some looks at two fin whales around, but they were being a bit elusive. We ended our trip with a quick look at another individual humpback before making our way back home.

July 18

July 19th, 2016

It was a very busy day out on the North West corner of Stellwagen Bank. On our first trip we started off the day with a Finback whale. We could easily see the right side of its lower jaw appearing to glow fluorescent green underneath the surface of the water. It was a beautiful sight. We then ventured on to a Humpback whale named Ember. Ember was staying down for quite some time on his dives so we then ventured on to our second humpback whale of the day which could not be identified, despite the beautiful looks we had at the underside of its tail flukes. To top off our morning trip we ended the trip with a trio of humpback whales who gave us a spectacular show. The trio included Echo and her calf and Alphorn. The three were certainly associating with one another, as the calf would sometimes swim right over top of Alphorn. The three seemed to be doing some feeding in the area as well.

The second trip of the day was just as eventful as the first. The first whale we noticed in the distance was a Humpback whale named Dyad. She gave us some great looks at the underside of her tail. She was staying under the surface of the water for long periods of time and moving at a consistently fast pace. We assumed she may have been traveling in search of other food in the area. Our last look at whales included another trio of Humpback whales that we were on for a good amount of time. This time the trio included Etchasketch and her calf and their escort female friend name Cantilever. The calf breached once and then did a half breach on the other side of the boat moments later, giving the crowd an amazing show. Just minutes later Etchasketch and Cantilever seemed to be taking turns kick feeding and lunge feeding. The passengers were able to get looks at the baleen plates that make up the upper jaw of the Humpback whale. They even came right up next to the boat lunge feeding, bringing the birds with them, who were picking up the fish that managed to escape the whales’ mouths. The calf got very close to the boat too, surprising the crew and passengers. With a big storm rolling in to Gloucester Harbor we decided to end the trip on a good note and head back home.

July 17

July 18th, 2016

It was a bit overcast and foggy on the ocean today but that didn’t stop us from having 2 great whale watches! In the morning we first spent time with a familiar whale named Dyad who has been hanging around the area recently. We watched her for a while before deciding that we wanted to do a bit of searching and see if we could find some more whales further down the bank. All of our hard work paid off, because after all of our searching we ended up finding a group of 3 humpback whales! Just as we found them, some thick fog set in, but we were still able to get great looks at the trio. They put on quite the show, as we observed flipper slapping, a whole bunch of tail breaches, and a really strange tail wave that I had never seen before! Whales ID’d were Nuages and Ember. A big thanks to Captain Marc for taking the extra time to look for other whales to ensure that we got the best trip possible!

On our afternoon trip we again spent some time with Dyad who was still around the same area. Dyad was taking quick breaths and then going right back down again, so after spending a little time with her we moved on to a pair of humpback whales that was nearby. The pair turned out to be Fulcrum and Cantilever. Fulcrum is the epitome of just how resilient these whales can be, having survived a ship strike in 2003 as well as an entanglement in 2005. It is wonderful to see her on the bank looking well. Cantilever is actually the first calf that Fulcrum had back in 2007, so it is interesting that they were hanging out together. Fulcrum was doing a lot of logging and we got great looks!