We began our trip finding a minke whale right as we came upon the ledge. Minkes are 20-30 feet in length and can be erratic in their swimming and diving patterns. This one was great...once we figured out what it was doing. This minke was traveling in a fairly straight line to the SW. Captain Bill did a great job anticipating the whale's speed and course, giving us this lovely sighting right along side the boat:
This turned out to be a large fin whale (also called finback whale). Although this whale's dive times varied immensely, we were able to get a couple of decent looks at it. After downloading and enlarging the images tonight, I am ecstatic to report that this whale is a known individual and has been seen on Jeffreys Ledge before! Fin whale #0811 (sorry, no official name yet) was seen by Blue Ocean Society researchers in 2008! The unique dorsal fin shape and some body marks/scars confirmed this ID!
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