Blue Ocean Society's Whale Sightings

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Friday, October 8, 2010

October 8th on the Granite State

The weather has been keeping us on solid ground for almost a week but the weather cooperated enough for us today to make our way out towards Jeffreys Ledge. With our hardy passengers we were off in search of some cetacean activity. And whales we found!

Our first stop was on a single Humpback whale that appeared to be staying put until during one dive sequence, the whale maneuvered further away. While waiting for this animal to come back to the surface in the distance suddenly another whale spout was seen, and then another! We actually ended up having 5 whales in total in the area. While all these animals were spread out, we were lucky enough to get a chance to spend time with all of them.

We first saw Trident and watched her go down on a deeper dive before seeing two more animals not far away.


It was Spoon and Chromosome. All three of these Humpbacks (Trident, Spoon and Chromosome) were seen the last time we were out whale watching, but that was almost a week ago and yet all three were still in close proximity of each other! Even more fascinating was the fact the Spoon and Chromosome were simultaneously surfacing and diving together. 6 day ago these two whales were doing the same thing!

Spoon exhaling at the surface with Chromosome alongside

While we have no idea if these two whale stayed nearby each other all week or if they just recently rejoined together again, it was still quite the excitement to have them still on Jeffreys Ledge!

Spoon was flipper-slapping for a bit showcasing her extremely long pectoral fin, or flipper

Spoon (above) and Chromosome (below)

Our last pair of whales turned out to be the same single we had started our trip with but had apparently decided to swim in association with Wizard.

We saw this particular whale last year a couple of times but today was our first sighting for Wizard for the 2010 season.

Wizard rolling over as a portion of its flipper and tail can be seen above the water

Even with our season quickly coming to a close, we are still seeing more familiar whale tails taking advantage of all that Jeffreys Ledge has to offer. What a great way to start the last weekend of our whale watching season this year!

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