Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June 27th, 2017

From Naturalist Dianna:

After a bit of a delay getting out of the harbor this morning, we were welcomed to Stellwagen Bank by Mogul, the humpback whale leaping out of the water repeatedly!  It seems as though our delay made for perfect timing to see this extravagant display! If we had left on time, we would have missed it! Sometimes, things happen for a reason.  A couple of minke whales and a fin whale were also spotted in the area, and then we continued on to find another humpback whale. This one was Obsidian, who was first seen in 1976!!  Obsidian was blowing some bubble clouds to corral his prey and even came up once with his mouth right out of the water!

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June 26, 2017

June 27th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth

After a few hot, humid, foggy days we were happy to leave Gloucester harbor with bright blue skies and a cool, dry, breeze.  We had a great day on northern Stellwagen.  Owl’s precocious calf has a propensity to wander away from Owl, which was fine with us as we watched it roll around next to the boat.  Later in the day, we were treated to two big adult humpbacks (one of them being Nine) curiously approaching the boat and hanging just below the surface.  Other whale sightings for the day included Obsidian, Mogul, and Shuffleboard.

June 25, 2017

June 27th, 2017

From Naturalist Laura

After a few hot, humid, foggy days we were happy to leave Gloucester harbor with bright blue skies and a cool, dry, breeze.  We had a great day on northern Stellwagen.  Owl’s precocious calf has a propensity to wander away from Owl, which was fine with us as we watched it roll around next to the boat.  Later in the day, we were treated to two big adult humpbacks (one of them being Nine) curiously approaching the boat and hanging just below the surface.  Other whale sightings for the day included Obsidian, Mogul, and Shuffleboard.

June 23, 2017

June 27th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:

On Friday, we traveled about 20 miles off the coast of Gloucester to Stellwagen Bank. We spent most of our trip with Shuffleboard, the humpback whale. She was feeding at the surface, we were able to watch her filtering the salt water out of her baleen plates. In the area, we spotted three more humpback whales. We closely watched both Dross and Obsidian traveling in search of food. It was great to see so many different humpback whales out on the water today!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 22nd, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:

We had an amazing trip on Stellwagen Bank yesterday! On our way to the Bank we passed by two minke whales, but we started our trip with Valley and her calf. The calf was flipper slapping and rolling around at the surface. It was hard to leave this pair, but there were a few other humpback whales in the area feeding. We found Mogul and Shuffleboard, both whales feeding in the same area. We watched as Mogul surfaced filtering out the salt water he had in his mouth, using his baleen to trap his prey. One of the best trips of the season so far!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 19th, 2017

From Naturalist Laura:

Today was another great day on the Northwest corner of Stellwagen Bank.  When we left the harbor this morning the fog was so thick we could not even see the breakwater as we went past it.  Even out on Stellwagen we were in limited visibility for most of the morning.  Luckily, when the fog opened up Valley and her calf were in our sight.  Throughout the first and second trip, Valley’s calf stole the show, lob-tailing and tail breaching.  To say the afternoon was a little breezy would be a bit of an understatement.  But, Chromosome was easy to find once he started breaching and flipper slapping.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 14th, 2017

From Naturalist Laura:

After a few days of scorching heat today was a wonderful change.  There was a little bit of a dry breeze with clear blue skies and calm seas.  It seems that the northwest corner of Stellwagen Bank has come back to life after a few weeks without a lot of action.  Today we saw humpback whales including  Nine, first seen in 1985, and Valley and her newest calf.  There were a number of other humpbacks and fin whales in the area.  Hopefully, they stick around for a few days!

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Monday, June 12

June 13th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:

This morning we headed south towards Stellwagen Bank. We spotted two fin whales to start our trip right off the eastern edge of the bank. We got a close look at one of the fin whales before spotting a basking shark at the surface. This shark was filter feeding at the surface and traveled right underneath our bow. Only a couple miles away we found Nine the humpback whale. She was feeding and surfaced many times filtering salt water through her baleen. We were able to get multiple close looks at her. We ended our trip with a large fin whale in the area. It was a great day out on the water!Image00001Image00002

June 11, 2017

June 12th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:

This afternoon we left Gloucester Harbor towards Stellwagen Bank. We started our trip with two fin whales in the area. Both whales staying up for a few surfacings but traveling quickly through the area. Even though we were on a whale watch, we stopped to look at a basking shark filter feeding just before heading down beneath the surface. Nearby, we ended our trip with Mogul the humpback whale. It was a great afternoon out on the bank!

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Saturday, June 10, 2107

June 10th, 2017

From Naturalist Beth:

This morning we traveled to Stellwagen Bank, right before the northwest corner of the bank we found whales! We started our trip watching three individual humpback whales (Gondolier, Nine, and an unknown) traveling in the same area. Gondolier and the unknown whale joined together to deep feed. While watching the pair, two fin whales passed by. We ended our trip with Nile, Tripod, and another unknown traveling together. There was plenty to eat in the area! It was a gorgeous morning out on the water.

This afternoon we started our trip on Stellwagen Bank with great close looks at a large fin whale. The whale surfaced right next to the boat! On our way to sightings of humpback whales in the area we stopped on a basking shark that was filtering at the surface. The shark came right next to the boat, we were lucky to get such close looks! We spent most of the afternoon with a humpback whale named Mogul. He was blowing bubbles and surfaced filtering right next to the boat. We had a couple surprise surfacings from him. We ended our trip with looks at Nile tail breaching. Awesome afternoon!