The whales were a bit challenging this weekend, but it helped knowing that people on shore were sweltering in the heat while we enjoyed some cool ocean breezes! Yesterday, I even had a sweatshirt on!
Saturday we spent time with our favorite humpback whale of the weekend - Hornbill, a whale presumed a male who was first sighted in 1977. Hornbill was taking very long dives - a couple were 20 minutes! But then he appeared to spend more time at the surface towards the end of our time watching him.
|Hornbill on Saturday|
On Sunday, we found one of the best fin whales ever!! Maybe it just seemed great because we'd see Hornbill taking such long dives on Saturday. This fin whale was taking on 2-minute dives and eventually spent several breaths up at the surface, giving us great looks at its swirly gray chevron and distinctive dorsal fin. I haven't identified this individual yet, but if we do match it to our catalog, we'll post a note here!
|Fin whale, showing its white lower jaw|
|Fin whale chevron|
|Fin whale back and dorsal fin|
Then we found Hornbill again, and again he was taking pretty long dives, although they were only about 8 minutes long this time. We stayed for a couple looks, and then it was time to head back to Rye Harbor.
|Hornbill on Sunday!|
Thanks to all who joined us, and congratulations to Steven and Aaron, winners of our raffles this weekend!
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