Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Clipper, Filament, Hornbill and Rapier are still hanging out on Jeffreys Ledge. Yesterday Clipper and Filament, who have been seen together for the past few days now, surprised us by surfacing very close to our bow! These two had been acting pretty lazy, moving slowly and barely lifting their tails, so it was quite a surprise to look behind us and see Clipper clearing the water several times after we had left the area. The splash she made was enormous!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Clipper looked just enormous! She's a big humpback (humpbacks usually are at least the length of a school bus, anyway!) but seemed really wide. She had her last calf three years ago... perhaps there will be a new little Clipper up here next year?
The weather was just beautiful today. Seas were just choppy enough to make it interesting. Looks like we'll have another great day tomorrow, and with all the whales around, I'm excited to get back out there!
(haven't had a chance to upload pics yet, but they'll be coming soon)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
It's exactly what it looks like...
I believe this was 0813 who was literally just rocking the boat with waves.
Mom + Calf pair, and Male
I meant to put these pictures up before! With the recent weather and surprising Pilot whale/Fin Whale sitings, I think I can speak for most of the interns when i say that this has really been a great way to end the summer. Thank you so much Blue Ocean for this awesome experience. I hope to do research with you again one day :)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
- Beth Boucher, Granite State Naturalist
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Two things were great about today's trip. There was lots of variety, and we were closer to shore than we've been in weeks, only about 17 miles out, allowing us lots of time with the whales. And there were lots of whales! We saw about 7 different fin whales, including a mother/calf pair and our old friend "Dingle," then spent time with a pod of Atlantic white sided dolphins.
Initially, it looked like there were only a few dolphins and they didn't seem too friendly, but soon we were surrounded by about 30 of them, who swam back and forth between our port and starboard sides for awhile. There were two active calves in the pod, always a treat to see. We were thrilled with this sighting, then got a call from the Prince of Whales saying they had a humpback not too far from us. We headed a few miles south to get a couple quick looks at "Hornbill," a humpback first sighted way back in 1977, and our first humpback sighting in nearly a month! It was great to have whales inshore of Jeffreys Ledge today, and see several different species. We're optimistic about the next couple weeks....!
(Photos from this weekend will be on here soon!)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Here's some photos of the sharks and of the pilot whales yesterday. I was thrilled to see that I had caught a couple of the calves right as they came up to the surface, you can see the eye in one!
Pilot whale calf and its mom
A tiny calf spouting behind its mom!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The pilot whales were a few miles inshore and were much more "cooperative," as we say in the whale watching world, spending lots of time at the surface. There were at least 2 calves in this pod of 15-20 whales. I generally try to be really scientific, but it is hard to describe them as anything but cute... They kept popping up, with their heads high out of the water every time they surfaced right next to their moms. There was also a couple huge males (they have very large dorsal fins), one with a big scar in its dorsal that looked like it was the result of an entanglement. I'll post photos here soon, just haven't had a chance to download them yet!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Minke whale, showing blowholes and "mittens"
Can you spot the marine debris in this photo? In the lower right corner, there is a piece of rope. One of our current research projects involves mapping the locations of marine debris along with the locations of whale sightings to see how often the two intersect.
Yesterday, there were several minkes around as well, and we also spent some time with our old friend "Dingle," who we've been tracking since 2003. There's a previous post about Dingle, as we saw this whale not too long ago.
Above: Dingle's back and dorsal fin. Below: Beautiful chevron and blaze pattern on Dingle's right side.
It's very strange that we had so many humpbacks early in the season, and they seem to have disappeared overnight. However, as we saw this weekend, there's still plenty of life around!