We were all about the fin and minke whales today!
We began trip by getting brief looks at 2 minke whales- the first was elusive but the second was much better!
As we waited for this minke whale to reappear, Captain Hawk Eye spotted a couple of tall blows a few miles to the east so off we went.
As we got closer, we realized that the 2 whales were actually 3 huge fin whales! Fin whales are my favorite species, and having a trio is rare! It got even better once we obtained close looks at them. One was our old friend, Ladder! The cool part about Ladder is that he is nearly always seen with another fin whale. In this area, fin whales tend to be solitary so the pairs, trios and groups are always a treat for us.
As we watched the trio, several minke whales popped up here and there. As we left to search for a spout that we saw in to the west, a couple more minkes surfaced! Even though minkes are not endangered, we certainly don't see them every day so having 9 of them in total today was great!
We found the spout of anther fin whale and soon determined this to be another friend nicknamed Dingle! We first saw Dingle in 2003 and he has become a regular visitor to the Ledge!
Thanks to all of our fun passengers and congrats to our lucky raffle winner from Alabama!
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